The Lost Words Project

The Young Friends of Rowntree Park are running ‘The Lost Words’ poetry project for children aged 7-14.

The project was inspired by the book of the same name by Robert MacFarlene –
“Once upon a time, words began to disappear from the language of children” – words linked to natural world around them such as acorn, conker, raven, willow, and wren. “The words were becoming lost: no longer vivid in children’s voices, no longer alive in their stories”.

lost words poster

The Young Friends of Rowntree Park want to re-engage young people with nature and celebrate its beauty through creative writing and poetry.  We are offering young people the opportunity to attend a workshop with local acclaimed poets and creative writers:
Katie Green-Brown – ‘Best Performing Artist; in York Culture Awards 2017 and winner of a ‘Say Owt’ slam poetry award in 2016.
Karen Hill- Green –  Creative writing teacher, a California Poet in the Schools, Editor of Rowntree Parks ‘Words from the Bench’ annual poetry project.
Miss Tycal‘- Organiser of creative storytelling workshops in York for children, to inspire children with wonderment – a ‘children’s purveyor of knowledge and ideas’.  Also a primary teacher/literacy specialist for 19 years


Once the children have completed their poems, their work will be celebrated in a range of ways including displays in the cafe (and park), on social media and through our website.

This unique and exciting opportunity is only £1 for Friends of Rowntree Park members, and £5 per child for non-members.

Tickets are only available by using the links below – places are limited for each session. Each child only needs to attend one session.

Date Members ticket £1 Non-Members ticket £5
Mon 26th March
Sun 15th April
Sun 29th April

We expect this project to be extremely popular as it is such a unique and amazing opportunity to work with such creative and inspiring mentors, we know the children will really benefit from this and look forward to what they produce.

If you have any questions or want to know more- please contact

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