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The fun in funding…
After the walk / The blog / The book / The film

The fun in funding…

Sing a song of sixpence, a pocket full of rye, Four and twenty blackbirds, baked in the pie, Chico’s in his hayshed, eating bread and honey, Hannah’s in her counting house, frightened by the money… It’s been almost three weeks since the Kickstarter ended in a blaze of white-knuckle adrenaline […]

Spreading the donkey karma
After the walk / The blog / The book / The film

Spreading the donkey karma

Several people have asked me for a voucher they can give their dear donkey/adventure/Wales-loving kith and kin, so I’ve fashioned one out of the notebook doodles of five weeks of running the Kickstarter! You can download it here: Download the donkey voucher here print it out and fill it in. […]

New prints! New prints!
After the walk / The blog

New prints! New prints!

New print! New print! For people who can’t choose just three for the £100 print, here’s a choice of my favourite pictures from the walk. The prints are beautifully printed A3, gicleé prints with archive quality inks so they won’t fade in your lifetime. There will be three options to […]

Book cover is go, and YOU CAN OWN IT!
After the walk / The blog / The book / The film

Book cover is go, and YOU CAN OWN IT!

Who cares that I haven’t finished actually writing the thing – that hasn’t stopped me commissioning the cover of the book! I discovered this wonderful artist, Lee Wright, when I saw his lino cut prints exhibited in his hometown of Crickhowell, and – joy of joys! – he has accepted […]

Going for a walk could save the world
After the walk / Philosophising / The blog

Going for a walk could save the world

Living outdoors so quickly puts everything in perspective. It reminds me what is precious and important (people, time, landscapes, muscles, chatting, simplicity, lunch) and what is extraneous and best cut down or cut out (commuting, labour-saving devices, clutter, morbid news stories, jetfuel, landfill, women’s magazines) . It strikes me as […]

Over halfway! Thank you!
After the walk / The blog / The book / The film

Over halfway! Thank you!

On Tuesday we hit the halfway mark of this great big Kickstarter hullabaloo – a gigantic, knee-wobbling, heart-swelling £14,000, worthy of all sorts of metaphors. Like hitting the halfway mark on the walk, I feel jubilant, a bit overwhelmed, and far from being out-of-the-woods! But the figure kept steaming onward, […]

The best of Wales, on your wall
After the walk / The blog / The book / The film

The best of Wales, on your wall

Two weeks left of the monster Kickstarter project, and we had a great boost yesterday when Kickstarter themselves chose Seaside Donkey as their project of the day. Such waves of kindness, support and enthusiasm about the book and film are coming in from all over the globe – this is […]

What Chico really thinks…
After the walk

What Chico really thinks…

I’ve never pretended to have any idea of what’s going on in Chico’s mind, and he certainly is his own donkey – an enigma wrapped in a woolly winter coat, wrapped in Welsh mud. It’s unsurprising that an attempt to put words in his mouth could only go amusingly awry… […]

Cheers, 2013! You were brilliant.
After the walk / The blog / The book / The film

Cheers, 2013! You were brilliant.

I think this might be the most exciting year that I have ever been preparing to tuck under the muffly duvet of the past, sent off with an affectionate kiss on its glowing forehead, with a big glass of something cheerful and forward-looking waiting for me downstairs. Goodnight, 2013; I […]

Christmas vouchers
After the walk / The blog / The book / The film

Christmas vouchers

Christmas is coming, and what better gift could you give or request than a promissory note for a book and film so fresh that they haven’t even been made yet?! How often do you get the chance not just to buy something, but to bring it into existence? Sounds pretty […]