26’s mini Christmas gift guide

Our antidote to Black Friday. No big sales push, no time-limited price slashes, just a little selection of gifts with a 26 twist. Sort out your Christmas shopping or treat yourself – we won’t tell.

Habitat notecards

First up, Some of Lydia Thornley’s brilliant artwork from 26Habitats and Pledges, with extracts from the writing, has now been reproduced in sets of Notecards available from The Bright Fields (another 26 connection through Northern Ireland member Gillian Colhoun). The Notecards are exquisite and perfect for members to use. Plus, The profits go to 26 and The Wildlife Trusts, once The Bright Fields’ costs are covered.

Wear 26Pledges with pride

Lydia’s selling clothing and tote bags featuring the beautiful logo she illustrated for our 26Pledges project. Perfect as a memento of the project, or to give away to anyone you know with a love of writing, illustration or nature. Printed to order on organic cotton and delivered in plastic-free packaging, and £1 from every purchase is donated to the protection and connection of nature so that it can thrive.

Seasons’ Greetings

Inspired by a Dark Angels course ‘Mixing art and writing’ John Simmons decided to write a poem each month over the course of a year, expressing the changing moods of the seasons. Artist Jenni Wallace responded with drawing, painting, woodcuts and linocuts. And designer Mark Noad brought it all together in a special edition called Seasons’ Greetings, to show verbal, visual and printing crafts at their best. It’s now available in a limited, numbered edition of 100 copies. It’s a book to be read with pleasure, and a book to be treasured for its quality and rarity. A hand-crafted book to read and return to, creating moments of reflection throughout the year.

Going digital

A Kindle edition of The story’s not over: Writing to support wildlife at risk is now available on Amazon, priced at £4.99. This is 26’s first foray into the world of eBook publishing… and just in time for Christmas! Buy this book and access campaigning, creative writing on your mobile devices at any time.

The story’s not over is part of an Amazon series we’ve called Saving Nature and it will shortly be joined by companion eVolume, The Understory: 52 sestudes on trees.

A charming children’s book

In case you’re stumped for Christmas present ideas for wee folk, this book may be the answer. Written by Harriet Evans and illustrated by Jacqui Lee, This is Crab published by Caterpillar Books won the early years category in the Teach Primary Book Awards and best book for toddlers at the Sheffield Children’s Book Awards. It’s totally clawsome!

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