The Lost Words: nature and poetry workshop

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Conjure the magic of nature through poetry!

Oxford Poetry Library is delighted to bring its highly-rated nature poetry workshop to the Old Fire Station. This workshop is based on the award-winning book ‘The Lost Words’ by Robert Macfarlane, illustrated by Jackie Morris, which aims to bring the natural world back into the lives of children through poetry.

Ideal for 7-14 year olds and their parents/guardians, this is a 3-hour session which combines nature identification skills, vocabulary building, and imaginative description using all five senses to explore nature. After a chat about the kind of creatures, creepy-crawlies, and all manner of living things we might be seeing (and a bit of binocular training!), we will head out into a nearby green space to explore. Local nature experts will lead the walk, teaching participants how to look and listen and notice the living world around us. We then return inside to create our own Lost Words-inspired poetry with the help of poet Phoebe Nicholson.

About “The Lost Words”

In 2007 the Oxford Junior Dictionary published a new edition which left out words relating to the natural world – otter, wren, acorn and many others, and in their place added words like broadband, blog and celebrity. In response, Macfarlane and Morris created ‘The Lost Words’ – a collection of acrostic poems by Macfarlane, gorgeously illustrated by Morris, which re-conjures these nature words, brings them back to our hearts and minds, and helps us rediscover the magic of the natural world.

What to bring

The event will be partially outside so please bring weather-appropriate clothing, suitable for a walk in the outdoors.

This event accompanies the From The Ground Up exhibition.

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Date And Time

2021-09-25 @ 10:00 AM to
01:00 PM

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