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The Lost Words: Spell Songs


Karine Polwart – Kerry Andrew – Julie Fowlis – Seckou Keita – Kris Drever – Rachel Newton – Beth Porter – Jim Molyneux

Singing nature back to life through the power of music, poetry, art and magic…

Those already familiar with The Lost Words by author Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris, will know it as a work full of wildness, beauty and power. It is a place where poems become spells or incantations, and where art makes magic.

The Lost Words began as a response to the removal of everyday nature words from a widely used children’s dictionary. But it then grew to become a much broader protest at the loss of the natural world around us, as well as a celebration of the creatures and plants with which we share our lives.

Commissioned by Folk by the Oak, The Lost Words: Spell Songs brings together eight remarkable musicians – Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Seckou Keita, Kris Drever, Kerry Andrew, Rachel Newton, Beth Porter and Jim Molyneux – whose music already engages deeply with landscape and nature, to respond to the creatures, art and language of The Lost Words. And as part of the performance, Jackie Morris will create live illustrations alongside the musicians.

6.30pm // RNCM Theatre
TALK: Jackie Morris talks about her award-winning illustrations for The Lost Words.
Free admission, no ticket required