Aiming to reconnect adults and children to the natural world using the magic of words and art, this enchanting bilingual exhibition at St Davids is an experience not to be missed.
Geiriau Diflanedig - The Lost Words explores the relationship between language and the living world, and of nature’s power to spark the imagination.
The exhibition is based on The Lost Words, the Sunday Times bestselling book, published in 2017. The Lost Words began as a response to the removal of the names of plants and animals from children’s dictionaries due to their lack of use in everyday life.
The award-winning book The Lost Words uses stirring spell-songs and eye-catching illustrations to reintroduce the fading faces of nature to our vocabularies and in turn, inspire us to join the fight to reverse their plight. The Welsh publication, Geiriau Diflanedig was published by Graffeg in 2019.
The touring exhibition, which is organised by Compton Verney, with Hamish Hamilton and Penguin Books, brings together for the first time the original artwork by Pembrokeshire illustrator Jackie Morris alongside the English language poems by Robert Macfarlane and Welsh language poems written by Mererid Hopwood.
Specimens from the natural history collections of Amgueddfa Cymru have also been used to highlight the level of biodiversity loss and explain the work being done to try and arrest this decline.
The video here provides just a taster - nothing beats visiting the exhibition for yourself, absorbing the art, poetry, displays and soundtrack celebrating the natural world around us. It’s pure magic!
Copies of the amazing book - signed by Jackie Morris - are available in both Welsh and English at the visitor centre.
Explore Geiriau Diflanedig - The Lost Words at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre, St Davids, Pembrokeshire until Sunday, June 2, 2024. Open from 10am to 4pm each day, entry is free.