Funny isn't it - just yesterday afternoon I did a post mentioning the works of T.S. Eliot, only for Hubby to come in with a copy of our local newspaper which contained this article about the poet and his famous book - OLD POSSUM'S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS - which celebrates it's 70th anniversary this year.
CELEBRATING 70 YEARS OF CATS.
A popular children's illustrator met with young fans to an exhibition launch in our region.
Axel Scheffler, who is best known for illustrating the award-winning picture book The Gruffalo, opened a new display at Seven Stories, the centre for children's book based in Newcastle's Ouseburn Valley.
The mini exhibition commemorates Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot, which has been re-illustrated by Axel for it's 70th anniversary edition, as well as the 80th anniversary of Faber And Faber Publishers.
T.S. Eliot's much-loved collection of poems has been a success since it first appeared in 1939 and has never been out of print.
Eliot (1888-1965) was born in St Louis Missouri, USA. He came to England in 1914 and published his first book of poems in 1917.
Most of the poems in Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats were written between 1936 and 1938 including the famous poems MACAVITY, DEUTERONOMY and MR MISTOFFELEES.
The collection was also the inspiration for Andrew Lloyd Webber's award-winning musical Cats, in which the poems are set to music.
Axel is the latest in a long line of distinguished illustrators to bring Eliot's cats to life.
Axel said: "I felt very honoured to be asked to illustrate such a classic and I'm always impressed how popular the poems are in the English-speaking world."
The work is now open to the public. The Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats will be running until Spring 2010 in the Bookden at Seven Stories.
It is also the inspiration for Paws And Claws week - an entire week of crafty feline fun at Seven Stories this October half term which starts on Saturday, 24th October.
SOURCE: The Chronicle.