THE ACORN LOGO
Our logo features the acorn finials that adorn the buildings of The Circus in Bath. When John Wood designed the grand circle of houses in the mid 18th Century, he was influenced not just by classical design (the Circus bears a resemblance to The Colosseum) but also by local myth.
According to the myth, Bath was founded in the 9th Century BC by King Bladud, the father of Shakespeare’s King Lear. Bladud developed leprosy and, in shame, took refuge in the Avon Valley where he worked as a swineherd, roaming around the area with his pigs as they searched for acorns. The pigs also caught the disease but were cured as they rolled in the muddy waters close to Bath’s hot springs. When Bladud took a dip, he was healed and was so grateful he established the city. Although this is pure legend – the acorns are a serendipitous reminder of the way small things can produce great results.
THE ACORN AWARD
The Acorn Award is a prize for unpublished writers of fiction.