'The Lost Words in Devon' campaign is off to a great start - and no wonder. Addressing well-being and sustainability in so many ways, acrostic poems, sumptuous illustrations and the book’s gargantuan scale invite joyous, vital reconnection with nature, so that this celebrated, beautiful 'spell-book' has already been the subject of successful campaigns to place copies in primary schools across the whole of Scotland and in more than a dozen counties in England. With your help, now it's Devon's turn.
From the pen of Robert Macfarlane and the brush of Jackie Morris, The Lost Words bases its magic on words used to describe the natural world – words that are known to be vanishing from the language of children: acorn, adder, bluebell, bramble, conker ... and so on. Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and author of a number of bestselling and prize-winning books, Robert Macfarlane uses those words to conjure up – for adults and children alike – flora and fauna that are, in turn, disappearing or little-noticed. A word of warning! Those incantatory 'spells' and Jackie Morris' wealth of rich illustrations may lead to complete escape into a calmer, more vibrant, more nurturing world. In such ways, improved literacy, increased environmental awareness and thereby stewardship can surely be added to the list of The Lost Words’ impacts upon well-being and sustainability.
Various types of support for the project have already been pledged by Babcock LDP; Dartmoor National Park Authority; Devon County Council; Federation of Children's Book Groups; Literature Works; Sustainable Outdoor Learning in Devon; Sustainable South Brent and other organisations. We do hope you will join us in supporting this endeavour to benefit children across the county of Devon.