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..?
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.