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#Repost @blackwellbooks • • • • • In 2007, when a new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary – widely used in schools around the world – was published, a sharp-eyed reader soon noticed that around forty common words concerning nature had been dropped. Apparently they were no longer being used enough by children to merit their place in the dictionary. The list of these “lost words” included acorn, adder, bluebell, dandelion, fern, heron, kingfisher, newt, otter, and willow. Among the words taking their place were attachment, blog, broadband, bullet-point, cut-and-paste, and voice-mail. The news of these substitutions – the outdoor and natural being displaced by the indoor and virtual – became seen by many as a powerful sign of the growing gulf between childhood and the natural world. Ten years later, Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris set out to make a “spell book” that will conjure back twenty of these lost words, and the beings they name, from acorn to wren. By the magic of word and paint, they sought to summon these words again into the voices, stories, and dreams of children and adults alike, and to celebrate the wonder and importance of everyday nature. The Lost Words is that book – a work that has already cast its extraordinary spell on hundreds of thousands of people and begun a grass-roots movement to re-wild childhood across Britain, Europe, and North America. https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/The-Lost-Words-by-Robert-Macfarlane-Jackie-Morris-illustrator/9781487005382 #blackwells #blackwellbooks #blackwellsbooks #blackwellsbookshop #bookstagram #lostwords #thelostwords #nature #dictionary #words #nature

#Repost @blackwellbooks • • • • • In 2007, when a new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary – widely used in schools around the world – was published, a sharp-eyed reader soon noticed that around forty common words concerning…

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The enchantment of words

The enchantment of words

The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris This a spell book of words. It is a book that you have to curl up in the armchair and pour over. It is a book that you can’t just just read, but touch and…

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Lost in translation

So I’m reading War & Peace at the moment. It’s a book that has been on my To Read list for years, I guess because it is probably *the book* that everyone feels that they should (even if they don’t) read. It’s…

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Climbing through the wardrobe

Climbing through the wardrobe

Today I have had the best afternoon out in Oxford, ever! Emma and I headed into the city this afternoon to go to the excellent and inspiring home of The Story Museum – I think that maybe this place, the…

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A bookophile’s book

A bookophile's book

Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare & Co.by Jeremy Mercer This is a bookophiles book; a book for everyone who loves everything about books, and the written word. It is impossible that I wouldn’t love it. I…

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Realistic language, WTF?

Realistic language, WTF?

Tonight on Front Row tonight they were discussing the challenges of keeping the dialogue of teenagers authentic with writer of E4’s Youngers Levi David Addai and star Calvin Demba, along with reflections from Val McDermid, Phil Redmond and Joss Whedon on how they’ve tried…

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The Life and Times of Mr Tumnal…

imaginary /i’madʒin(ɘ)ri/ adjective & noun. lme.  [origin Latin imaginarius, from imagin-, imago: see image noun, -ary1.] ‣ A adjective. 1 Existing only in the imagination; not real or actual. lmE.

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words words words

1. Another lunchtime, and I’m down to the last 100 pages of revision. I can reach The End… 2. Leaving the canteen, I passed the OUP Bookshop, children’s book sale. Damn, childrens’ book sales, I’ve only gone and bought a…

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Past, present

I’ve been writing in present tense for so long now, I now find, as make the first tentative steps to Louis Tumnal’s story I’m finding that the natural choice for me is still present tense. This is awkward as I…

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The Curious Tales of Thomas Shepherd…

Helen recently posted information about a new competition being run and I am tempted to enter Blood & Fire into it. Normally I am cautious about entering my WIP into a competition because of the fear that they will want…

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What’s in a name?

I’m going to try and get the revisions to part three of Blood & Fire finished by the end of this weekend, and thus reach the half-way point. The thing is, I think I’m going to have to change the…

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To Flashback or Not To Flashback

As you know I switch quite regularly between different POVs and plotlines, and I make use flashbacks in my novel Blood & Fire. I’ve just started looking at Part Two in my process of revising it, and I have a…

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Words On Sunday

Today has largely been about words for me, and I like words… 1. Critted (is that a word – probably not but it sounds better than Critiqued) three chapters of someone’s book on CritiqueCircle. I wonder how much critting you…

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Reading list…

Anyone interested in words and writing, and creating stories should take a look at the brilliant 2sides2nowhere. Umm… that is all.  

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A productive weekend

Finally, after some two months have got back to The Novel, and progress is being made. The world is fast becoming a changeable and dangerous place, and the various forces are converging in battle… 96,378 / 100,000(96.4%) ~~~ In other…

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