Last Friday, John Vernon Lord opened the delightful Happy Birthday Edward Lear private view, at The Poetry Café, with a brief introduction to the artist/author/illustrator, Edward Lear. Thereafter followed poetry readings from the charming vocal chords of Glen Baxter, Phil Smith, Peter Blegvad, and erm, myself. Collaborating with the amazing accordionist, Carol Isaacs, from The London Klezmer Quartet, was a real coup. Our performance of Lear’s Two Old Bachelors can be described as a little offbeat to say the least, so a heartfelt thank you, Carol.  Strings of delightful fairy lights crisscrossed the room, adding a touch of twinkly magic to the jovial celebration.  For photographic highlights of the evening, including a variety of interesting beards, click on Siobhan Harrison Illustration.  Quince tartlets, baked by Phil Shaw, and plain muffins (made by me) were served throughout the convivial soiree.  Outstanding artwork enlivens the walls of The Poetry Cafe, both upstairs and downstairs, paying homage to the genius that is Lear, most, if not all the work on display, is for sale too. The Poetry Society is an appropriate birthday venue for Mr Lear. I think he would have enjoyed his party so very much.  The exhibition runs until 8th June 2012.

A big thank you to co-creators,  Andrew Baker and Linda Hughes who originated the idea for the exhibition. The night was a indeed a great success.

Here’s my contribution to the exhibition:

‘Casino Karl’ a Pen & Ink illustration with comic verse by Chichi Parish

Price:  £60 (420mm x 297mm/A3 size) unframed excluding post & packaging.

Limited edition print run of 50 signed prints.

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