Presented by Poet in the City

11th July . 7:30pm .
£10 - £17 full price, £8 - £15 concessions

The absurd wit of Edward Lear has delighted readers for decades, but nestled amongst the Great Gramboolian Plains, Crumpetty Trees and Fimble Fowls of Lear’s poems are glimpses into the real-world experiences of the so called ‘Nonsense Laureate’.  

One of the liveliest figures in Victorian literature, Lear was a talented artist, illustrator, musician, author, poet and lifelong traveller. Despite finding widespread popularity in his native Britain, Lear spent much of his life abroad.

His vivid and imaginative observations of his adventures overseas colour his work, but also reveal glimpses of a perpetual melancholy. This sadness was perhaps driven by his ongoing struggles with mental and physical health, and unrealised identity as a gay man.

The characters in Lear’s poems too are often wayfarers, setting sail in sieves, voyaging to fantastic lands and searching for lost loves. Through examining Lear’s life of abandonment, wandering and unrequited love, is there sense to be found in his seemingly fanciful worlds?

Join Poet in the City for a night of poetry and discussion as we celebrate and explore the poetry of Edward Lear, hearing from contemporary poets and writers inspired by the lasting legacy of his sparkling wit and absurd imagination.

Featuring Michael Rosen and others to be announced!

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