Lost Words/Spell Songs Workshops
Jackie Morris and Eva have provided a number of highly interactive and creative county training days where people have produced some beautifully original and evocative responses.
A stunning range of pupil work in response to The Lost Words has been uploaded by teachers all over the country to https://padlet.com/LostWordsforSchools/lwfs .
Engaging workshop sessions are available with Eva on The Lost Words and Spell Songs for staff and/or pupils. Contact Eva.
“Once upon a time, words began to vanish from the language of children. They disappeared so quietly that at first almost no one noticed – fading away like water on a stone.”
Published in October 2017, The Lost Words, created by Jackie Morris and Robert Macfarlane, began as a beautiful protest at the erosion of our connection with the wonders of the natural world around us, celebrating twenty creatures and plants through poetry and art, with: “spells of many kinds that might just, by the old strong magic of being spoken aloud, unfold dreams and songs, and summon lost words back into the mouth and the mind’s eye.”
In 2019, an exquisite musical companion piece, The Lost Words: Spell Songs was created, ‘where musicians unfold the “dreams and songs” living within the pages of the book,’ giving their own evocative interpretations, together with further wonderful art work and spells from Jackie and Robert.
Listen to the Spell Song Heartwood on Soundcloud
The Lost Spells, a companion in spirit and tone to The Lost Words, evokes the wonder of everyday nature in musical, magical spells and illustrations that flow between the pages and into readers’ minds and hearts: summoning spells, words of recollection, charms of protection, written to be read aloud.
The Lost Spells celebrates a sense of wonder, bearing witness to nature's power to amaze, console and bring joy, together with an awareness of what happens if we allow it to slip away.
Hattie Klotz interviews Jackie Morris and Robert MacFarlane about The Lost Spells at the Ottawa International Writers’ Festival in 2020
Eva created the Explorer’s Guide and Challenge Cards for The Lost Words, Spell Songs and The Lost Spells to encourage the celebration of nature and language. Their aim is to help people to look, learn, connect, interpret, make and dream.