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 Dorset.
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 Dorset to have the opportunity to share in what this book has to offer. Depending on how you count them, there are about 180 schools in Dorset that work with 4 - 11 year olds, plus we have some Special Learning Centres and Forest 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 £3600 should allow us to make sure that children in Dorset 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.
Please, if you can, support this campaign and give the children of Dorset a chance to bring these ‘Lost Words’ back to life.
Emma Fernandez, Paul Angel and Richard Bradford