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Edward Lear's Bicentenary Celebrations | 15-May-12

Edward Lear's Bicentenary Celebrations

Saturday 19 May

Publicity material about this day says: 

This Saturday marks the 200th birthday of the great nonsense poet Edward Lear and International Owl and the Pussy Cat Day. The occasion will be celebrated across the world with events ranging from limerick-writing and beard-making at Newquay Zoo to an exhibition of his landscape paintings, 'Edward Lear and the Ionian Islands', at the Palace of St Michael and St George in Kerkyra, Corfu.  
There will also be a full day of commemorative events in London. Come and celebrate Edward Lear's nonsense poetry from 11.30am with the unveiling of a Green Plaque at 15 Stratford Place W1, Edward Lear's London base during the 1860s. This will be followed at 1pm, by a few short speeches about Lear at The Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, where his artwork will be on display. There will also be an exhibition featuring 45 illustrators inspired by Edward Lear's poetry at The Poetry Cafe, The Poetry Society, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BX. The bicentenary celebrations will culminate with a celebratory reading from 3.30pm in Poets Corner at Westminster Abbey, featuring Roger McGough, President of the Poetry Society. These events are open to all. Click here for a full invitation.

Click here for a full list of nationwide Edward Lear events on A Blog of Bosh.

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