About 80-100 people attended the launch of Matt Black and Pip Hall‘s “The Owl and the Pussycat and the Turtles of Fun” at the Holywell Music Room in Oxford, on Sunday, May 11, 2014. The books were there: hot off the press!
It was a thrilling event, with beautiful music from Johnny Fill and the Nonsense Orchestra (who dressed for the occasion and who had specially written for the evening a short symphony based on the Prequel, Owl and Pussycat and Sequel) and a whirlwind illustrated history of nonsense literature, including a dramatic performance of The Jabberwocky.
It was something of an anniversary fest, for not only is it Two River Press’ 20th, but Matt’s Prequel and Sequel had been written to mark 200 years since Edward Lear’s birth. And the evening began with excerpts from Marinetti’s Futurist Manifesto on men’s clothing which by chance turned 100 that week. So altogether, a remarkably festively nonsensical time was had by everyone.