The Lost Words for Bournemouth & Poole's schools

by Westbourne Bookshop in Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom

The Lost Words for Bournemouth & Poole's schools
We did it
On 25th April 2019 we successfully raised £2,040 with 58 supporters in 49 days

We aim to provide a copy of The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris to every school in Bournemouth & Poole.

by Westbourne Bookshop in Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom

We would like to raise enough money to get a copy of The Lost Words into every school in the Bournemouth and Poole area. This follows a similar campaign last year which has successfully provided copies of The Lost Words to schools in the Dorset County Council area and which involved our sister shop, Gullivers Bookshop in Wimborne.

Rewards on offer:

Every donor will be entered into a competition to win a wonderful Jackie Morris artwork!

Donors of £15 or more can select one of 5 Lost Words bookplates signed by both Jackie Morris & Robert Macfarlane!

Donors of £25 or more can select one of 4 beautiful Spell Songs Tour posters!

Donors of £40 or more can ask for their name or business to be included on a bookplate in the front of 4 or more copies, demonstrating their support for local schools!

The project is inspired by Jane Beaton's wonderful campaign to get a copy of The Lost Words into every primary school in Scotland. The Lost Words was created by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris in 2017 to celebrate the once-common nature words which had been dropped from the Oxford Junior Dictionary some ten years before – words such as acorn, wren, starling and dandelion. Read more about the book here.

The book takes twenty nature words which 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. All children in Dorset now have the opportunity to share in what this book has to offer through our previous successful campaign, and we want to extend that to cover schools in Bournemouth and Poole. Bournemouth and Poole libraries have kindly offered to present the books bought through our appeal to all the schools in the area, starting in the summer term. 

There are 85 schools in Bournemouth and Poole that work with 3 - 16 year olds including three special schools and one centre for alternative provision. 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. We have allowed enough in our budget to give more than one copy to larger schools and schools spread across broader age groups.

Our target of £2000 should allow us to make sure that children in Bournemouth and Poole have the 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.

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. Children in schools across Dorset have already been inspired to produce artwork and 'spell poems' of their own about the nature they see around them, and we aim to provide the same inspiration for the children of Bournemouth and Poole too.

With Crowdfunder, if we don't achieve our target no money is taken from those supporters who have pledged a donation, so the project will only go ahead if we raise enough to cover every school. The books are being provided through Westbourne Bookshop (with the support of Penguin Books) at cost price, enabling us to supply the copies we need at a lower cost.

Please, if you can, support this campaign and give the children of Bournemouth and Poole a chance to bring the 'Lost Words’ to life.

Paul Angel, Richard Bradford and Emma Fernandez.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£40 or more

Your name or business on 4 books for local schools

Pledge £40 or more and we will print 4 (or more) bookplates with your name or business so that your local schools know who have sponsored the book! The bookplate will be attached to the opening pages of the book with the text "This book was a gift from" plus your name and/or logo. £40 will pay for 4 books - each additional £10 will buy an additional book. This is a great way to support local schools - we do hope you can make a donation!

£5 or more

WIN a beautiful Jackie Morris otter painting!

Simply pledge £5 or more to be in with a chance of winning a hand-inked Jackie Morris otter painting! Measures 10x25cm. One lucky donor will be chosen at random after 4 April and contacted via Crowdfunder.

£25 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Lost Words Spell Songs Tour Poster

Featuring the iconic artwork of Jackie Morris, this bespoke poster has been carefully designed for The Lost Words Spell Songs project, and captures the wildness and wonder inherent in The Lost Words book, the inspiration behind Spell Songs. See our latest update for an image! Size: A2 (420mm x 594mm) Kindly donated by The Lost Words for Oxfordshire.

£15 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Signed 'The Lost Words' bookplates x 5

We now have 5 signed bookplates to reward 5 lucky people who pledge £15 or more! Each is signed by both Jackie Morris and Robert Macfarlane, and can be stuck into the front of your treasured copy of 'The Lost Words' - simply select this reward and pledge £15 (or more!) and we'll send the bookplate out to you once the appeal has ended. Please see our updates to view an image of the bookplates!

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