Celebrating the 200th birthday of Edward Lear on 12 May 2012, why not teach more ‘nonsense’ in schools?

Edward Lear bicentenary 2012 logo

12 May 2012 is the 200th birthday of Edward Lear, writer of much fine nonsense verse for children including the famous ‘The Owl and The Pussycat’.

We at Newquay Zoo in Cornwall, UK decided that this gifted painter of animals and landscapes, as well as nonsense botany, alphabets and journeys though this event should not go unmarked.

So as well as inspiring events in zoos, gardens, museums and galleries across Britain , we hope this blogsite will encourage teachers everywhere to share ideas on how to teach more ‘nonsense’ in schools. Beyond 2012  …

We’d love to hear how you use nonsense verse to inspire creativity or spice up sleepy Friday afternoons.  

Whether it’s the limericks and nonsense verse of Edward Lear, the eqaully barmy alphabet poems of Dr. Seuss, mad as a hatter bits of Lewis Carroll or the seriously strange work of Spike Milligan, we love it all … including all those  ‘Anon.’ nonsense rhymes we leant as children.

Over the next few months we will post here, and on our links to

Edward Lear’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Edward-Lear-1812-1888/210391552354029   

and at The Blog Of Bosh http://nonsenselit.wordpress.com 

and the old Edward Lear website  http://www.nonsenselit.org/Lear

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