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Reading the Lost Words back to life

Written by Alison Blaxland
02 October 2018

The Earth Science Partnership has kindly donated copies of Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris’ book, The Lost Words to all Reading Friends groups across the UK.

Who’s Earth Science Partnership?

Earth Science Partnership is a consultancy of engineers, geologists and applied environmental scientists that has been running for 30 years. They approached our partner, Literature Wales, to distribute free copies of The Lost Words to share it with as wide an audience as possible. They previously generously donated copies of the book to every publicly funded care home in Wales and are now planning to deliver copies to all Reading Friends projects across the UK.

About the book

The book came into being after Jackie Morris and Robert Macfarlane noticed that certain common terms relating to nature were no longer used, and were being removed from the Oxford Children’s Dictionary as a result.

In the authors own words:

Once upon a time, words began to vanish from the language of children. They disappeared so quietly that at first almost no one noticed – until one day, they were gone. But there is an old kind of magic for finding what is missing, and for summoning what has vanished. If the right spells are spoken, the lost words might return… 
Robert Macfarlane

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