The Poetry Society are kicking off a mini-season of celebrations to mark Edward Lear’s 200th birthday (on May 12th) with an exhibition at the Poetry Society’s own Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX.
'Happy Birthday Edward Lear' features contributions from 40 big-name artists, illustrators and animators, including Glen Baxter, Vaughan Oliver, Jonny Hannah, Phil Shaw and Louise Weir. The exhibition is organised by artists Linda Hughes and Andrew Baker, and will run from Monday 7th May until Saturday 9th June. Some of the works are for sale.
Edward Lear for sharing
On Thursday, May 24th the Poetry Café will host a salon for Poetry Society members. They’re inviting you (and others, to be announced) to bring along and read a poem by Edward Lear, or inspired by Lear. (They’re hunting out hidden gems of the limerick art to share.) The bar will be open, and the exhibition will still be on display. Further details to be announced. Contact the Poetry Society for further information.
For teachers (and young poets)
The Poetry Society has also commissioned new lesson plans for teachers to celebrate the grandfather of nonsense verse.
Look out for details of other Lear-related events and projects in the coming months.