St Leonards Warrior Square Station joined in with the town’s celebration of Edward Lear’s Book of Nonsense as part of A Town Explores A Book.

The community of St Leonards on Sea and its visitors marked the 150th anniversary of a celebrated anthology of nonsense poetry, prose and illustration that contains the first publication of the nation’s favourite children’s poem (poll of 2014), The Owl and the Pussy-Cat. Explore the events and activities of our 2021 festival.

Together with St Leonards on Sea’s vibrant creative businesses offering window displays, themed menus, cafe write-ins and events, a whole town creates an environment every school Easter holiday in which everyone’s thoughts and wisdoms, emanating from a collaborative exploration of one book, can be shared and valued. It is the most inspiring place in which to take ownership of heritage literature which belongs to everyone.

This year children from local primary schools created a station display inspired by ‘Nonsense songs, stories, botany and alphabet’ on the slope behind the station.

A musical accompaniment was created by Limbs of Romney ‘Lear was Here’ in celebration of 30 years of visits by Lear to St Leonards and Hastings.