Celebrating Lear’s limericks

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VISITORS to a South Yorkshire gallery can get tips on writing humorous poetry.

The Cooper Gallery, Barnsley, is hosting a limerick workshop led by Sheffield-based poet Matt Black on Wednesday. May 2, from 4pm to 5.30pm.

The workshop commemorates the 200th anniversary of writer and painter Edward Lear’s birth - Lear popularised the limerick and nonsense verse, producing works such as The Owl and the Pussycat.

The writer of the best piece at the workshop will be presented with a prize by Ian McMillan, patron of the Friends of the Cooper Gallery.

Ian will also read a specially-penned limerick at the gallery on Saturday, May 12, at 10.30am.

The Friends group holds regular events. Members recently enjoyed a talk by printmaker Graham Firth.