Every year in the Easter school holidays, ATownExploresABook festival celebrates a book. Next year’s will be Edward Lear’s Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany and Alphabets of 1871. This much-loved heritage anthology contains the first publication of the nation’s favourite poem (2014 poll), The Owl and the Pussy-Cat

Children and young people have been at the heart of every planning stage of the Owl and the Pussy-Cat crowdfunder – watch the Crowdfunder film to see for yourself.

Left to right: Robert from Bookkeeper, Rebecca from Who’s Wearing What

“It will sail you away to a place of charmingly sweet joy, guaranteed to bring dance-by-the-light-of-the-moon delight,” says Gail Borrow of ExploreTheArch Theatre.

“We’re fundraising so children’s art can be made and exhibited on the streets of St Leonards – on street corners and in everyday places,” explains Erica Smith. “The money will fund artists to engage with schoolchildren in lively and accessible ways and empower young people to embark on a journey with Edward Lear’s wonderful words and images.”

The Crowdfunder celebrates the 150th anniversary of The Owl and The Pussy-Cat with a brilliant currency exchange. “We invite you to swap your tiny polymer Bank of England fiver for a beautiful limited edition blue and pea-green Bank of Edward Lear five pound note big enough to wrap up honey and plenty of money!” says Gail.

Participating St Leonards shops, cafes and restaurants are: The Bookkeeper Bookshop, Calneva Vintage, Mama Putts, Pass Muster Trading, Sugarpie Honeybuns, Teddy Tinkers, Who’s Wearing What and Wonderfill.

If you can make a larger donation, the rewards include a special Festival edition of the Nonsense anthology for you – and the opportunity to give copies of the book to children across the town.

Please support this Crowdfunder and help every local child to become a joyful and enthusiastic reader crowdfunder.co.uk/the-owl-and-the-pussy-cat

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