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Jackie Morris Designs Books Are My Bag Limited-Edition Bag 2022

The bag design is cream with maroon handles and gusset and an illustration of a lovely fox curled up on one side and on the other side the text "Russet, she curled in dreams, behind the bookshop. And are those dreams inspired by sleeping page, nestled between cover, resting on shelf? My dreams, she said, are wild dreams, a woven web of wonder, sweet honeycomb against the dark." The words "books are my bag" are highlighted within the text, picked out with gold lettering.

Best-selling author and illustrator Jackie Morris has been revealed today as the creator of this year’s Books Are My Bag Limited-Edition Bag, which will be available exclusively in bookshops across the UK and Ireland from Bookshop Day (Saturday 8th October 2022).

 An internationally best-selling illustrator, artist and author of over forty books, Jackie Morris has collaborated with Ted Hughes, Robin Hobb and Robert Macfarlane among others. In 2017 she won a Books Are My Bag Readers Award in the Beautiful Book category for her illustrations of The Lost Words with Robert Macfarlane.  Her upcoming titles include Feather, Leaf Bark & Stone (Unbound), The Accordion Books (Unbound), Mrs Noah’s Song, illustrated by James Mayhew (Otter-Barry Books) and Something About a Bear  (Otter-Barry Books).
Jackie Morris said: “As a writer I owe my career to booksellers. As a reader I love the individuality of different stores that so beautifully reflect the personalities of the staff. It is a real honour to be invited to design this year’s Books Are My Bag Limited-Edition Bag, to celebrate Bookshop Day, and I hope it gives readers and lovers of books one more reason to visit their favourite bookshops this autumn.”
Emma Bradshaw, Head of Campaigns at the BA, commented: “We are so excited to team up with Jackie Morris for this year’s Limited-Edition Bag. Jackie is one of the most popular authors and illustrators among booksellers, and her tender, heart-warming design for this year’s bag is just delightful. We can’t wait to see it stocked in bookshops on Bookshop Day!”
Part of the annual campaign organised by the Booksellers Association to celebrate bookshops, the Limited-Edition Bag has previously been created by acclaimed illustrators, artists and designers including Dapo Adeola, Charlie Mackesy, Yehrin Tong, Sir Peter Blake, Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin and Orla Kiely.
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