The Lost Words is a collection of poems written as ‘spells’ by Robert Macfarlane each accompanied by enchanting paintings from Jackie Morris. This vital piece of work celebrates the words of everyday nature like dandelion, conker and acorn – all of which are becoming gradually ‘lost’, and were even removed from the Oxford Junior Dictionary in 2007.
Having enjoyed the book ourselves after its release in October 2017, we wanted to complement the already established initiatives with our own fresh initiative #RockIsToMountain - to place copies of The Lost Words into care homes.
Through discussions with those managing care homes and our own research, we have learned of the benefits of Shared Reading for those suffering with dementia and other related conditions. We hope that in providing copies of The Lost Words to care homes, day care centres and respite centres, more people can benefit from the transformative pictures and poems in the book.
The Mission - Stage One
Starting from April 2018, Earth Science Partnership will be launching our first stage of the #RockIsToMountain campaign. We have pledged 101 copies of The Lost Words – one to each of the publicly funded care homes in Wales.
The Mission - Stage Two
The second stage of our campaign invites donations via Crowdfunder to enable us to provide copies to further care facilities and groups, increasing the number of people who are able to benefit from our campaign.
We look forward to establishing the #RockIsToMountain campaign by working with partners including the authors Jackie Morris and Robert Macfarlane, the publisher Penguin Books, Sam Hicks of #AcornIsToWood, and charities including The Reader, Age Cymru and Carers Wales.
We hope that you will be able to contribute support by sharing this initiative with friends, family and colleagues, and any donations to the #RockIsToMountain campaign would be gratefully received.
Each £10 that you donate will enable us to provide one copy of The Lost Words
ESP, and everyone involved in the #RockIsToMountain and #AcornIsToWood campaigns, thank you for your support.