Re-Inventing Edward Lear

Edward Lear is famous for his Limericks and poems such as The Owl and the Pussycat, but the father of nonsense verse was also a naturalist, a brilliant landscape painter, an experimental travel writer, and an accomplished composer.

Dr Sara Lodge of St Andrew’s University gave a session at the Book festival in which she attempted to rehabilitate him in our eyes as a polymath, illustrating his passionate engagement in the intellectual, social, and cultural life of his times.

Limerick Competition

The Chiswick Calendar is running a Limerick competition, in partnership with the Chiswick Book Festival and Dr Sara Lodge.

Thanks to those of you who have sent in your entries so far. We’ve had some great ones. They’ll be appearing on our website shortly.

If you haven’t yet put pen to paper, see how to enter on The Chiswick Calendar website. Director of the Chiswick Book Festival Torin Douglas and I have both had a go, ‘pour encourager les autres’! I’m quite sure you can do better.

You have until midnight on Wednesday (18 September) to enter. Book tokens for prizes. Read more here.

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See also: Edward Lear painting for sale

See also 2019 Chiswick Book Festival guest blog by Director Torin Douglas: So many memorable moments, so many vivid memories