Edward Lear revelled in nonsense and is now mostly remembered for his playful verses, such as ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’. As well as a poet, he was a composer, a visual artist, a naturalist and also a travel writer. In her new book, Inventing Lear, Sara Lodge draws on Lear’s diaries, letters and new sources to explain his engagement in the intellectual, social, and cultural life of his times. For StAnza 2019’s final evening, she is joined by musicians Mark Wilde and David Owen Norris to present a glorious celebration of Lear in word and music.
Supported by the School of English at the University of St Andrews