Jamie Normington

The Lost Words

Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris’ acclaimed book, The Lost Words, was inspired by the decision to remove fifty 'nature' words from the Oxford Junior Dictionary – words like “acorn”, “bluebell” and “wren” - to make way for words more associated with the interior, solitary, tech-based childhoods of today, like “broadband”,  “chatroom” and “voicemail”.

In June 2019, Jamie Normington, of Cumbria Wildlife Trust, walked 200 miles carrying a copy of The Lost Words to raise money for copies of it to be put into 200 schools in Cumbria, and to raise money for autism support.  In this family friendly event for all ages, Jamie will recount funny stories from his Lost Words journey, accompanied by amazing wildlife art and photographs, and beautiful music from The Lost Words’ Spell Songs…..and there might even be time for a proper game of conkers!

Did you know, conker is another of word removed from children’s dictionaries..?

Children are invited to bring along to the event their own drawings inspired by the “lost words”, and there will be a signed copy of The Lost Words book for the best one. Here are a few of those lost words: acorn, adder, blackberry, bluebell, conker, dandelion, fern, heather, ivy, kingfisher, heron, lark, magpie, newt, otter, raven, starlings, weasel, willow, wren.

Jamie Normington is Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Education & Volunteer Officer. He is one of Cumbria’s most enthusiastic voices for wildlife and for all the people who enjoy nature around our county. He likes learning just as much as he likes sharing stories about wildlife. And he loves libraries.


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Borderlines Book Festival has been developed through partnership working between public and private enterprise. The three partners are: Bookends of Carlisle; Cumbria County Council’s Library Service and Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust.

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