Lost Words of Epsom Competition for Children

Lost Words of Epsom

Children and young people in Epsom & Ewell are being urged to get creative and enter MGSO4 Festival's Lost Words of Epsom art and poetry competition.

We have been inspired by beautiful book ‘ The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, which pairs illustrations of nature words that have been removed from the Oxford Junior Dictionary, with short spell-style acrostic poems about them.

But in Epsom & Ewell, we have lost some of our own words too. Bourne Hall Museum curator Jeremy Harte has looked back into history, and uncovered eight ‘lost words’ from the seventeenth century, used at the height of Epsom’s popularity as a spa town.

Children aged 8 to 16 can submit an illustration, poem or both, inspired by one of the words, and the winning entries will be published in a special book, a well as exhibited at the festival.

The competition is being generously sponsored by Epsom Civic Society and The Arts Society Epsom

Su Davey, Young Arts Secretary at The Arts Society, Epsom, said: "We believe that creativity and arts education greatly enhance young people’s lives, and we at The Arts Society Epsom are pleased to be a sponsor for MGS04’s 'Lost Words' project.”

Margaret Hollins, chair of Epsom Civic Society said: "We are really pleased to be sponsoring this festival project. As an organisation we are keen to see young people draw inspiration from our rich heritage, and the selected words are a fascinating insight into Epsom's rural history."

Take a look at The Lost Words of Epsom and find out how to enter.