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The Unwinding and being Unbound

The past few weeks have been such a whirl. We have been to Yorkshire, London, Birmingham. And The Lost Words won the Kate Greenaway award, and if I am honest I still can’t quite get my head around that. What … Continue reading

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Cumbria and The Lost Words

Here’s the tremendous Jamie’s ( @TLWforCumbria ) full #C2C route as he walks 200 miles to fundraise for 200 #LostWords books for 200 #Cumbria schools & for @Autism Today is Day 2. Pls support &RT TY https://t.co/B8RhlnkjPQ@WildlifeCumbria @RobGMacfarlane @JackieMorrisArt @BBCLN … Continue reading

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Hay Festival 2019

Returned home from Hay Festival on Thursday, then thrown straight into filming. So lovely to see everyone. Here’s a glimpse of what went on. We arrived early, partly to see Julia Lovell and Robert Macfarlane speaking, and then became roped … Continue reading

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Things that are lost: a story of a cover

I first met this story about six years ago, perhaps seven. Published in 1927, written by a child, between the ages of nine and twelve. From first reading I have been haunted by the author, Barbara Newhall Follett. Some time … Continue reading

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The Lost Words Blessing

Many things have grown from The Lost Words- a spell book. Such fine and wonderful things. I love how the book has become a portal of escape for children into the outside, away from the classroom. I love how it … Continue reading

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Wrapped in work and happy at home

I love living in a place where I can walk out of my door and hear a cuckoo calling. I’ve been home for a few weeks now and it has been blissful not going anywhere and just working in my … Continue reading

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#CultureDeclares

A while back. Not so long ago. An email from my agent came, forwarded from Letters to the Earth. The request was for letters, to the earth, to be read at various venues, by people. Protest letters, love letters. Could … Continue reading

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Remembering Lark

I remember when the email came through with Lark, for The Lost Words. I remember reading it for that first time, sitting in an armchair by the window at Moundsey. I remember thinking, it was odd, because in a sense … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Anonymous Head Teacher

Dear Sir, In response to your recent letter to parents at you school where you state: Could I please point out that while listening to music might be your hobby, for many who work in the music industry it is … Continue reading

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1992

In 1992 I was living in Bath. At the time I was working as an illustrator and was lucky enough to include Amnesty International, Greenpeace and Oxfam amongst my clients. I worked with Oxfam to produce a calendar that was … Continue reading

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