Inspired by Jane Beaton's wonderful campaign - to get a copy of The Lost Words into every primary school in Scotland - we have decided to do something similar, and get a copy into every primary school in Lincolnshire.
The Lost Words was created by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris in October 2017 to celebrate once-common “nature” words – from acorn and wren, to starling and dandelion – that were dropped from the Oxford Junior Dictionary some ten years before.
The book takes twenty of the words that have been falling out of use amongst children - such as adder, kingfisher and bramble - and brings them back to life, through the magical paintings of Jackie Morris and the 'spell poems' of Robert Macfarlane
We would love all primary age children in Lincolnshire to have the opportunity to share in what this book has to offer. Depending on how you count them, there are about 415 schools in Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire that work with 4 - 11 year olds, plus we have some Special Schools that we would also like to give the book to.
As well giving the book to schools, we will supply a copy of “An Explorer’s Guide to The Lost Words”, a fantastic accompanying resource written by Eva John and published by the John Muir Trust which will help teachers get the most out of the book.
Our target of £5,000 should allow us to make sure that children in Lincolnshire have an opportunity to experience what this book has to offer. The Lost Words is a book to be shared, to delight and inspire children, and the 'spells' and the wonderful illustrations are sure to catch the imagination of all who read it.
With Crowdfunder, we have to achieve our target or no money is taken from our supporters and the project will not be funded.
The Lost Words is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke, and is set out in an ideal way to share these words across the generations. Words allow children to give things names, to share stories and memories. Without the right words we cannot name, love, or - ultimately – care for these things.
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, in their 70th anniversary year, are a wonderful partner in this campaign . This campaign was launched at the Lincolnshire Environmental Awards on 22nd May in Lincoln.
1. Robert Macfarlane, the author, has very kindly signed a copy of the Lost Words, with a special spell poem. This special reward is for a donation of £500 or more. It will be a treasure for anyone fortunate to win it.
2. Jackie Morris has donated a beautiful otter ink painting, valued at £300. Anyone who donates will be entered into a draw at the close of this crowdfunder campaign on 10th July and the fortunate winner will be contacted to arrange delivery of this 24x10cm painting
Jackie has also created one of her wonderful otter alphabet paintings, below, that spells LOVE. This charming painting, 41x31cm below, is for sale at £450 and is available to purchase via Jackie's blog - link below.
All proceeds from the sale will be donated to our Lost Words for Lincolnshire campaign.
Also for sale, for the benefit of this campaign, Jackie is selling 5 otter alphabet print that say LOVE & KINDNESS. These special 41x31cm prints are for sale at £75 each. Please Jackie, via her blog page, to see if they are still available.
3. Jo Sweeting - limited edition print. This dramatic block print was commissioned for the biography of J A Baker called “My House of Sky”. It is print 22/50 and bears the artist's monogram.
This special reward is for a donation of £150 or more. It will be a treasure for anyone fortunate to win it.
Please, if you can, support this cause and give the children of Lincolnshire a chance to bring these ‘Lost Words’ back to life.
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Thank you for your help,
Harry Whinney, Volunteer Organiser
Rachel Shaw, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust