Nov 2023
Lost to the Sea, out May 2024

Typeset pages for Lost to the Sea, along with a few sea things picked up along the way – in places that once were land. It’s due out in May, and this is the first time it really feels like a book. Going on last time, it’s also when it becomes something of an emotional rollercoaster.

Oct 2023
Chinese cover for Rag and Bone

Just been sent the cover of Rag and Bone in Simplified Chinese. The title is  拾荒 – Scavenging. That was its original working title here in the UK, so it seems strange to first see it on a cover in those elegant, unfamiliar characters.                       

Jan 2022
Rick Stein’s Cornwall

Tonight I’ll be on the final episode of BBC2’s ‘Rick Steins Cornwall‘ (Fri 21st Jan, 6.30pm). Funnily enough I’m not cooking, but down at Whitsand Bay with some shore finds from Rag and Bone. Haven’t managed to watch it myself yet… but it’s also on the iPlayer link  (from a couple of minutes in).

Feb 2021
New book, in progress

Delighted to have just signed a contract for a new book with John Murray Press . Curiously (commonly?) I’ve closed the door – tomblike – on the tiny room where I wrote Rag and Bone and moved into another for this one. Leaving the old research pile and cobwebs behind.

Feb 2021
Paperback out now

New cover for the Rag and Bone paperback, out 4th February with John Murray Press. Very different to the hardback’s spoons. Love them both and grateful to Sara Marafini for the designs.

Nov 2020
My first book…

Opened a reprint of my first book  today, as it has now sold 11,000 copies, despite being self published. My original share – transported from the truck in a wheelbarrow by me – weighed two thirds of a tonne. This is the wheelbarrow.

Nov 2020
Literary Review

Lovely review of Rag and Bone in this month’s Literary Review: 

Lyrical and intriguing… Woollett writes beautifully’        

Oct 2020
Radio 4 Ramblings

Today on Radio 4’s Ramblings I go beachcombing with Clare Balding on the Isle of Sheppey, where I grew up. As well as stories of my dustmen and scavenger ancestors, from their photos I’m guessing it includes that digression on slipper limpet sex. 3pm Thurs 8 Oct, repeated 6am Sat and here.

Sept 2020
North Cornwall Book Fest

short film from the North Cornwall Book Festival for anyone keen to see my local beach and a few Rag and Bone finds… including bone nit combs and an Action Man ‘hard hand’ (1966-1973). Also, in case it’s tempting, lockdown hair and oversize reading glasses.

Sept 2020
Australian ABC radio

An interview for the excellent ABC Conversations radio programme, just in case anyone would like to hear more about my dustmen and scavenger ancestors (and their sparrows), ‘houses of easement’ and the going rate for dead cats.

Aug 2020
i Newspaper

Extract from Rag and Bone in the i newspaper today. You can read it online here . 

Alongside the sea urchins, the anglerfish jawbone and razorbill skull are now two Lego dragons and a rusty steel toecap, half a sea-worn cassette tape, a naked-looking table-football man and a white plastic gull‘.

July 2020
Book of the Month extracts

Two extracts from Rag and Bone  at the wonderful Caught by the River, where it is currently Book of the Month. A horse’s head and island legends here . Or eroding cliffs, fly-tipped couches and beachcombing in the rain with my mum here .

June 2020
Rag and Bone reviews

Today Rag and Bone  is Book of the Day at the Guardian. There were lovely reviews in this week’s Observer and also in the Evening Standard.

June 2020

Finished copies of Rag and Bone arrived today and they look (and feel) beautiful. I am grateful to all at John Murray Press, to friends who read through drafts and gave their thoughts and much-needed encouragement, and to the writers who have given such generous quotes.

June 2020

Delighted to say that as of this week I am represented by Clare Alexander at Aitken Alexander    

April 2020
Travelling Museum of Finds

New blog up today: a virtual museum of beachcombing and mudlarking finds collected while writing Rag and Bone (out July 2020). From bone nit combs (17th century) to Action Man body parts (1966-1978).


Nov 2019
Rag and Bone proofs

Bound proofs of Rag and Bone arrived today… felt compelled to dig through the shore finds for the bent spoons that made it onto the cover (out July 2020).


July 2019
Best Children’s Book

At last night’s Holyer an Gof Publishers’ Awards, Treasure from the Sea won Best Children’s Book & the Ann Trevenen Jenkin Cup. A huge thank you to the artist Sarah McCartney for her wonderful paintings.


June 2019

Feature about my beachcombing in the Spanish magazine Telva (used beautifully with lots of finds images). For anyone who can read Spanish… it’s here.


Feb 2019
Guardian top ten

Delighted to see Sea Journal on the Guardian list ‘Top ten books about women and the sea’ – amongst some books I love.               

Oct 2018
Mudlarking finds

This week I have the satisfying job of sorting small mudlarking finds to start taking photographs.


Sept 2018
Rag and Bone first draft

After a year and nine months I have finally emerged from the small dark room with a first draft.               

July 2018
Port Eliot Festival

Treasure from the Sea’. Children’s workshop with me and the book’s illustrator Sarah McCartney. A mix of storytelling and show & tell, with the beachcombed finds that inspired the book.
Fri 27 July, 12 noon                   

May/June 2018
Launch exhibition, Treasure from the Sea

On now until Sat 2 June at The Poly, Falmouth, Cornwall. A joint exhibition with the book’s illustrator Sarah McCartney, including collections of the beachcombed finds that inspired the book.               

Nov 2017
Royal Society of Literature Award

Delighted that my work-in-progress ‘Rag and Bone’ (John Murray, 2020) has won the £5000 Royal Society of Literature Giles St Aubyn Award for Non-fiction—previously the RSL Jerwood Prize for Non-fiction.                  

Oct 2017
Treasure from the Sea

For the past year I have been working on a children’s book Treasure from the Sea with artist Sarah McCartney, and her wonderful paintings have just gone off to the scanner. It will be out in May 2018, accompanied by an unusual launch exhibition in Falmouth.            

May 2017
Tokyo exhibition

Not something I ever expected to see… images from Sea Journal (including by-the-wind sailors) on a range of T shirts and an accompanying exhibition of photographs from the book in Tokyo.

Sept/Oct 2016
Whitstable exhibition

Last of the Sea Journal launch exhibitions at The Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable. On from 29 Sept – 11 Oct, with a talk about writing, photographing and publishing the book on Sat 8 Oct at 3pm.                                            

July 2016
Port Eliot Festival

Talk about writing, photographing and publishing ‘Sea Journal’ and ‘Sea and Shore Cornwall: common and curious findings’. This Friday at 12 noon in the Tiddy Tent by the Walled Garden.                                

June & August 2016
Polperro & St Ives exhibitions

Sea Journal exhibition of photographs, finds and curiosities. Two Cornwall dates: National Trust’s Netloft on Peak Rock, Polperro from 17-26 June and the St Ives Society of Artists 21-26 Aug.             

May 2016
Bookshop Band gig

The Book Shop Liskeard event: me talking about Sea Journal followed by the wonderful Bookshop Band. At Liskerrett Community Centre, Liskeard, Cornwall Sun 8 May, 7pm.              

April 2016
Book launch exhibition, Lyme Regis

Sea Journal launch exhibition of photographs, finds and curiosities. At the Town Mill Courtyard Gallery in Lyme Regis, 29 April – 11 May. I will also give a talk about making the book on Sat 30 April at 3pm.