Join The Lost Words creators Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris as they celebrate the publication of their beautiful new book, The Lost Spells.

Conjuring the wonder of everyday nature through both words and imagery, The Lost Spells evokes the importance of naming and knowing the living world, and reminds us of what we would lose if nature were to slip from our lives.

The Lost Spells was started not long after Robert and Jackie finished creating their internationally acclaimed bestseller, The Lost Words. As Robert sat at his dying grandmother’s bedside, he considered the hope and despair, light and darkness that she had seen in her century-long life. Reaching for his notebook, he found himself writing a new spell: ‘Goldfinch’. He sent it to Jackie who painted a goldfinch in reply – and this became the first of The Lost Spells.

In discussion with writer and journalist Patrick Barkham, Robert and Jackie will reflect on the origins of The Lost Spells, their process of creative collaboration, and their hope that readers will take this book out into the world, to wood, field and riverbank.

Spells will be cast, foxes and moths will be painted, and the event will feature an audience Q&A with the authors.

Registration to this virtual launch event is free, or through purchasing a copy of The Lost Spells via this page.

Presented by Penguin Live in partnership with Waterstones

  • The Lost Spells

  • Dazzlingly beautiful and wonderfully inventive, discover the magical new book from the creators of bestselling, critically acclaimed literary phenomenon, The Lost Words . . .

    Kindred in spirit to The Lost Words but fresh in its form, The Lost Spells is a pocket-sized treasure that introduces a beautiful new set of natural spell-poems and artwork by beloved creative duo Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.

    Each "spell" conjures an animal, bird, tree or flower -- from Barn Owl to Red Fox, Grey Seal to Silver Birch, Jay to Jackdaw -- with which we share our lives and landscapes. Moving, joyful and funny, The Lost Spells above all celebrates a sense of wonder, bearing witness to nature's power to amaze, console and bring joy.

    Written to be read aloud, painted in brushstrokes that call to the forest, field, riverbank and also to the heart, The Lost Spells summons back what is often lost from sight and care, teaching the names of everyday species, and inspiring its readers to attention, love and care.

    Praise for The Lost Words:

    'Gorgeous to look at and to read. Give it to a child to bring back the magic of language' Jeanette Winterson, Guardian

    'Breathtaking, magical . . . Jackie Morris has created something that you could spend all day looking at' New Statesman

    'Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris have made a thing of astonishing beauty' Observer

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