Lark, hope, fundraising

Almost on the day that The Lost Words was launched, the most extraordinary project took seed.

Jane, in Scotland, decided that the book needs to be in every primary school in Scotland and that she was going to do something to make this happen.

Not an easy task. But she has created a page to raise the money. To try to help with this I have painted, on one of the pieces of paper left over from the letterpress for Compton Verney exhib, a lark. Everyone who donates to the project will get an entry into a competition to win this piece of work.

Why the lark? Well, when I had finished the book I walked to the hill top and sat. Finishing a piece of work is always difficult. It left me ragged and tattered and I sat on the top of the hill and wept. And as I did a lark rose up, up, up and its song came to my ears and lifted my heart and my head as I sought the shape of that tiny bird, so fragile in the world with a song that filled the sky. A song of hope.

I first came into contact with books in any number in my school library. Books in schools can change lives. And so I will give this project all the support that I can.

You can find Jane’s project here. Crazy idea. Imagine taking delivery of so many books if this works and then having to deliver them the length and breadth of Scotland. If she achieves her target then I am determined to deliver a few myself.

I wonder, can we make it happen?

About Jackie

I am an artist and writer. I live in a small house by the sea in Wales where I write, paint, walk and watch and dream of bears and whales. I love to read, have a wish for wings and prefer the company of animals to that of humans, though at times I can be quite friendly. I am learning how to work with wood engraving tools and hoping to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
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8 Responses to Lark, hope, fundraising

  1. Bernie Bell says:

    This is an imaginative, kind, wonderful idea. We have donated, and I then sent out a kind-of-sort-of begging letter to any of my chums that it thought might like to take part in handing over a copy of ‘The Lost Words’, not only to one child, but to a whole school full of children. I then wrote a piece for ‘The Orkney News’, which I’ve just sent, so I’ll have to wait and see if it’s published.
    Other folk could try this, with their local paper?
    Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
    Big thumbs up to Jane!

  2. Charlotte says:

    What a worthwhile endeavour. You might like to know that my lovely friend, Caroline Swan donated a copy of the book to my primary school as she thought it should be there too.

  3. Bernie Bell says:

    I’ve also written it as a letter to ‘The Orcadian’ – Orkneys actual paper newspaper, but won’t know if they use it until Thursday – I don’t see why not.
    Spreading, spreading, spreading the word!

  4. Jude Walker says:

    Just wonderful. Go Jane!
    And following on from the previous post, a massive Congrats. The awards are so well-deserved. The Lost Words has the power of a hurricane and the beauty of a butterfly. We’re spellbound.

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