Kenilworth Books and Coventry University team-up to keep forgotten words alive - The Leamington Observer

Kenilworth Books and Coventry University team-up to keep forgotten words alive

Leamington Editorial 19th Sep, 2018   0

A CAMPAIGN is helping bring acorns, conkers and kingfishers back to the imaginations of children across Warwickshire.

It aims to prevent these forgotten words – no longer in the Oxford Junior Dictionary – falling out of use.

The Coventry University library team has delivered a copy of children’s book, The Lost Words, to every primary school in the region to help reintroduce a series of once common words including otter, acorn, conker, kingfisher, bluebell and adder.

The book, featuring a collection of poems, was created by nature writer Robert Macfarlane and illustrator Jackie Morris.

Since its publication, crowdfunding campaigns have been set up to ensure a copy is available at every primary school in the country.

Coventry University partnered with bookshop, Kenilworth Books, to send 278 copies to the region’s schools in time for the start of the new term.

Each school has also been sent a resource pack with ideas and information to help teachers and librarians run a series of outdoor activities and workshops.

The project will continue through the year as a team of creative writing students run nature-led workshops at a selection of schools this autumn.

They want to encourage a love of reading, and for children to explore the outdoors and get to know their natural surroundings.

Tamsin Rosewell of Kenilworth Books said: “The Lost Words is an extraordinary book – a combination of nature poetry and stunning illustration – and it has become clear that this is one of the most important books of our times.

“It is vital that we teach children to cherish these words and that we all, both adults and children, increase our knowledge of the natural world. If we lose the language, we stand to lose the real thing too. This is particularly true in urban areas where it feels as if the natural world is not part of everyday life.”

Dr Macfarlane added: “At a time when we are increasingly disconnected from nature in our towns and cities inspiring a new generation with a love of nature is visionary; for those children both now and later in life.”



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