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Whoops! happy Birthday Mr Lear 209 years old – yesterday!

Whoops! My blog post scheduling didnt work so well – this birthday greeting should have gone out yesterday on May 12th, Edward Lear’s Birthday – so wishing you  Happy International Owl and Pussycat Yester-Day 2021

It hardly seems two years since 2019 celebrating the Owl and the Pussycat and Edward Lear at Falmouth Art Gallery’s quirky ‘Stuff and Nonsense’ 2019 summer exhibition.

Since then we have had a long uncertain year or more of lockdown when our zoos, musuems and galleries have been open and then closed on and off. Slolwy they are reopening again … 


My cabinet of Lear nonsense at Falmouth Art Gallery 2019 at their past Stuff and Nonsense! exhibition  

During the Lockdown 2020 year, the lovely Michael Rosen was very ill but has thankfully survived Covid. 

Some things to celebrate!

Blog posted by Mark Norris, Newquay Zoo Education Depertement, 12 May 2021

Happy 202nd birthday 2014 Mr Lear!

Happy 202nd Birthday Mr. Lear! I cannot believe it is two years since zoos, museums, galleries, libraries,  schools and many others around the world celebrated Lear’s bicentenary on May 12 1812 / 2012 .

The last year or two since Edward Lear’s 200th birthday  has seen further Lear events (see Facebook link below). 2013 also saw the spirited sequel The Further Adventures of the Owl and The Pussycat by children’s author Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, Stick Man, Tiddler and other much loved captivating rhyming modern classic children’s picture books.

The poem / sequel is beautifully illustrated by Charlotte Voake, illustrator of many other interesting plant and animal based children’s books.

You can take a peek inside the book at the Puffin website.

I’m sure Mr Lear would be very proud that his characters live on.

We couldn’t let Lear’s 202nd birthday go past without rounding up some of the interesting online resources of inspiring nonsense (poems) for classrooms, in case you missed them :

1. Online Puffin Live interview  Further Adventures read by Julia Donaldson

2. Puffin Virtually Live Teachers Pack with lots of nonsense ideas, mask templates

3. Event kit for libraries and teachers from the Reading Agency  with games, puzzles, masks

4. More owl poem ideas for teachers and uniformed group leaders

5. Telegraph interview with Julia Donaldson about Further Adventures

Maybe its time for more Lear Prequels and Sequels:

What might Julia Donaldson write next? The Previous Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat? Or you class if you happen to be teaching nonsense in the classroom?

The Pobble Whose Toes Grew Back?  

Further Adventures of the Quangle Wangle’s Hat?

I often wondered what later happened to Lear’s not so well known characters “Four Children who went round the World” – Violet, Slingsby, Guy and Lionel

I like the way Lear inserts some of his other characters into their bizarre world here, as if they just popped next door or tunneled through the pages. it makes the nonsense world just that little more believable.

There are lots more ideas on previous blog posts here and the Nonsense Lit webpage  and Lear events Facebook page

I look forward to many more prequels, sequels, further adventures …

Until then, Happy 202nd birthday Mr Lear, 12 May 2014 !  Happy International Owl and Pussycat Day!