Toad tales requested

An invitation and a challenge: can you write a poem, or a short story, or recount a personal experience that will help share the wonder of Toads and Frogs?

Buxton-based  artist, poet and author Gordon MacLellan, from Creeping Toad, is assembling a collection of amphibian celebrations to, as he puts it “share excitement, wonder and hope about these small, often overlooked, often dismissed and often delightful animals”

The project will for part of the national wildlife conservation charity, Froglife’s The Year of the Toad initiative that grew as a response to research highlighting just how much “common” toads have declined in recent years.


Gordon is looking for original pieces of writing (no more than 500 words) to gather into a resource for others to share: stories to tell, poems to recite, accounts to be absorbed by.

“This isn’t a competition. There are no prizes.  There is only the prospect of sharing a little joy,” explained Gordon.

He says work will be posted on his Creeping Toad blog and eventually  assembled  into a pdf. Selected pieces will also feature on the Froglife website.

“The project is evolving like a tadpole growing legs so new features will unfold as the seasons turn,” he added.

This project will have a rolling programme, aiming to publish new Toadwords at the end of each month until June 2018 when it will be reviewed.

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Creeping Toad is an environmental arts and celebration organisation which sets out to find ways of celebrating the relationships between people, places and wildlife