Searching for fairies outdoors

Hayes, Tracy and Murphy, Charlotte (2022) Searching for fairies outdoors. Horizons (97). pp. 34-38.

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Abstract

In this article, we tell the story of Charlotte’s research to explore how stories, imagination and creativity can add awe, wonder and fun in a way that enables us to find our own magic outdoors – whatever our age. This is the third, and last of the Outdoor Discoveries series. It draws on the first two articles in this series, along with reflections on Tracy’s research and practice, and incorporates that of Charlotte, a recent graduate whose 3rd year dissertation study explored the experiences of a family who went looking for fairies. Since leaving university, Charlotte has gone on to work in social care, most recently caring for her Nan who has advanced dementia. Charlotte and Tracy give the final words of the article to Rachel Carson, amended to include them: “If [we] had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, [we] should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.” Let's keep noticing magic moments and searching for fairies – and other magical creatures – outdoors.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Horizons
Publisher: Institute for Outdoor Learning
ISSN: 2634-8799
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Departments: Departments > Institute of Health > Social Work, Children and Families
Depositing User: Tracy Hayes
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2022 09:07
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2022 09:15
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6446

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