STOP PRESS: 2nd September 2018: Artist Jackie Morris from The Lost Words has very kindly donated a further three prints for the £75.00 Rewards.
1. For a donation of £75.00 or more you can select a word and Jackie will create a stunning piece of artwork that is created using Otters as part of the Otter Alphabet. These are unique and rather special. Individual to anyone who donates £75.00. There are three on offer.
2. For a donation of £5.00 or more you will automatically be entered into a draw to win a small Otter inked Otter print.
UPDATE: 19th September 2018: Over on the Somerset Cool website I am interviewed for The Lost Words and the campaign to get a copy of The Lost Words into every Primary School in Somerset. Somerset Cool - Four Thoughts (Web link) My thanks to Jenna at Somerset Cool for all her support during this campaign.
The beautiful wildlife rich County of Somerset has some of the most stunning places for nature. Sadly, though we are losing some of those words that have disappeared from children’s language. Around 50 words have now been removed from the Oxford Dictionary for Children. Seemingly gone so quietly and lost forever. Words such as Otter, Dandelion, Bluebell, Conker. Kingfisher, Wren to name a few. All very sad. There are 242 Primary School's in Somerset and my aim is to raise £2,500.00 which will enable me to make sure every Primary School in Somerset receives a copy of The Lost Words. My thanks must go to Penguin Random House which has very kindly given me a special cover price of £9.60 per book which helps with the fund raising target. The overall figure includes Crowdfunding fees and also delivery costs to the Schools across Somerset.
The Lost Words was published in October 2017 by Hamish Hamilton and written by the award winning writer Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris. Robert created the ‘spell Poems and Jackie the beautiful illustrations. The Lost Words celebrates those words and brings them beautifully back to life in poems and paintings.
The aim of this fund raising campaign is to give the opportunity for every child in every one of the Primary School’s in Somerset the chance to discover The Lost Words and to allow these words to come to life. Imagine a world where children never read of a Kingfisher, or Acorn or Bluebell.
From Scotland to England and Wales, people have taken The Lost Words to their heart and started their own fund raising campaigns to get copies into Schools local to them. With your help I want Somerset to be able to say we got a copy of this beautiful book into every Primary School.
I am passionate about Wildlife and I have been since I was a child and now all these years later with our wildlife places under so much pressure I want every child in Somerset to experience the wonders of our natural world that I did when I was young. To be able to connect with nature at a young age can open up a lifelong love our rich and diverse wildlife and its habitats.
A recent RSPB Birdwatch survey found that 9 out of 10 parents wanted their children to learn about common British wildlife. What a better start in life than to explore the rich wildlife of of the Country of Somerset and also to bring back to life The Lost Words that have disappeared from children's lives.
If the target is reached it will enable us to get a copy of The Lost Words into every Primary School in Somerset along with some educational notes from The John Muir Trust who have supported the fundraising project up and down the country. More information can be found: https://www.johnmuirtrust.org/initiatives/the-lost-words
When raising money with Crowdfunder we have to achieve the target or no money is taken from our supporters. If we can reach the target and raise even more that will enable us to get extra copies that will be placed in educational centre's around Somerset.
NEWS UPDATE: 21ST August 2018:
This morning I was invited onto The BBC Somerset Breakfast Show with Claire Carter. I was being interviewed about The Lost Words and the fund raising for The Lost Words for Somerset. Jackie Morris is also being interviewed as part of the show. I am extremely grateful to BBC Somerset for the warmth and hospitality and for really getting believing in the project. The is a very beautiful and moving narration of the Adder Spell-Poem by on the of the member of the Breakfast Show. It really is worth a listen. The link below takes you to the audio of the who programme.
Every £10.00 donated will help towards the target and a copy of The Lost Words to the children of a Somerset Primary School.
Why am I doing this?
I remember as a child and how my love of nature and wildlife was born, and all these years later my passion is still there. I have in the past worked for the RSPB as a volunteer and recruited new members and escorted adults and children on bird watching and wildlife spotting trips. I want to give the children of Somerset a chance to connect with nature. I am really passionate about this. They are our future. The benefits for children are enormous as far as health and well-being is concerned. Let us together bring back to life The Lost Words and give the children of Somerset something to be proud of.
Please do help by making a donation and together we can deliver a copy of The Lost Words to Somerset's Primary Schools.
Thank you for helping to bring The Lost Words to Somerset's Primary School's