Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris
The Lost Words

Join award-winning writer and festival patron Robert Macfarlane and acclaimed artist Jackie Morris in a celebration of nature and language. The Lost Words: A Spell Book is a praise-song, in word and image, to the living world around us – from acorns to wrens – and a magical attempt to close the growing gap between childhood and nature. This enchanting book “for children aged 1 to 100” has become a phenomenon since its publication in October, and is already in use in hundreds of schools and nurseries across the country.  Come and hear summoning spells spoken, and see otters and kingfishers drawn live on stage.


Robert Macfarlane is the author of a number of bestselling and prize-winning books including The Wild Places, The Old Ways, Holloway and Landmarks. His work has been translated into many languages and widely adapted for film, television and radio, and his essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta and the Guardian. Most recently, the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded him the EM Forster Award for Literature 2017.

Jackie Morris grew up in the Vale of Evesham and studied at Hereford College of Arts and at Bath Academy. She has illustrated for the New Statesman, Independent and Guardian, has collaborated with Ted Hughes, and has written & illustrated over forty books children’s including beloved classics such as Song of the Golden Hare, Tell Me A Dragon, East of the Sun, West of the Moon and The Wild Swans.

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