After The Lost Words, illustrator Jackie Morris decided to collaborate once again with writer Robert Macfarlane. But a family tragedy meant she had to work in the toughest of circumstances. Here she shares her story, and reveals the beautiful artwork itself.
Authors of The Lost Words are creating a new kind of field guide to celebrate the nearly 70 species of birds currently in severe decline in the UK.
As Robert Macfarlane prepared to write Underland, he recorded everything in a series of notebooks. Battered, bruised and smudged, they accompanied the writer from the catacombs of Paris to Greenlandic glaciers, archiving the landscape.
Robert Macfarlane’s new book Underland explores the lost worlds that lie beneath our feet. Here, he explains why ‘Nether’, a painting by long-time collaborator and Radiohead artist Stanley Donwood, is the perfect image for the book’s cover, both artistically and symbolically.
Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris discuss designing The Lost Words – a gorgeously illustrated book that conjures lost words and and species back into our everyday lives.
Ten years ago the academic and travel writer embarked on a mission to collect the evocative and often obscure words associated with the landscape, publishing them in Landmarks in 2015. He's since been sent thousands more by people from around the world
Robert Macfarlane is the author of Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, The Old Ways, Landmarks, and The Lost Words, co-created with Jackie Morris. Mountains of the Mind won the Guardian First Book Award and the Somerset Maugham Award and The Wild Places won the Boardman-Tasker Award. Both books have been adapted for television by the BBC. The Lost Words won the Books Are My Bag Beautiful Book Award and the Hay Festival Book of the Year. He is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and writes on environmentalism, literature and travel for publications including the Guardian, the Sunday Times and The New York Times.