Friday, 26 October 2012

200 Years of Nonsense: Edward Lear Bi-centenary Celebration with Brian Alderson


5.30, Saturday November 3rd, 2012
Percy Building, Newcastle University
Children’s book historian, bibliographer and critic Brian Alderson will offer greetings to Edward Lear on his 200th birthday, briefly outlining his pomskizillious life and dwelling on the sometimes unobserved depths of his writing for children.

From 4.00-5.30 you can enjoy tea and cakes in the Percy Building, or join a tour of Edward Lear Exhibition in the Robinson Library, which will include rare editions of Lear’s works from the collection of renowned bibliographer Brian Alderson.
Brian’s lecture will begin at 5.30.

This event is part of the Children’s Literature Unit Postgraduate Open Day – join us from 2.00to find out more about Masters and PhD programmes at Newcastle.
For more information see Newcastle University website or contact

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

The Bewick Prize, Sue Scullard, Elephant and Calf.

The Bewick Prize is an annual prize for a small wood engraving funded by the Bewick Society, awarded at the Annual Exhibition of the Society of Wood Engravers.

Sue Scullard is the first winner of The Bewick Prize.
Her print is entitled 'Elephant and Calf' (97mm x 121mm). It is a beautiful engraving of great detail and skill and a worthy winner.

Thomas Bewick was keen that wood engraving would long flourish and that it's artists would thrive.
'How far I may venture further to obtrude my opinions, or advice, on the notice of artists, particularly engravers on wood, I know not, but they may readily imagine that I cannot help feeling a deep interest, and an ardent desire, that the art may long flourish, and that those who follow it may feel happy in the pursuit. Perhaps what I have already said may not be uninteresting to some of them, and, if I knew how I could go further, in any way that might urge or stimulate them to feel enthusiasm for this art, it should not be wanting; for the wish, though tottering on the down-hill of life, is extended beyond the grave.'
[A Memoir of Thomas Bewick, Written by Himself edited with an Introduction by Iain Bain, Oxford University Press, 1979 p.201]

The 75th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Wood Engravers runs from 20th September 2012 to 20th October 2012 at Art Jericho Gallery, 6 King Street, Oxford OX2 6DP. It then goes on tour to Bath, London, North Yorkshire and Axminster.

More details on the website of the Society of Wood Engravers.