The Owl and the Pussy-Cat Trail

Most people are very familiar with The Owl & the Pussy-Cat poem that tells the tale of two animals setting off to sea in a ‘beautiful pea green boat.’ But what many people do not know is that the poem, by Edward Lear, was actually written at Knowsley Hall.

This fascinating fact and Lear’s connections to Knowsley are set to be celebrated throughout 2022 with a huge sculpture trail featuring 30 pairs of 2-metre-high owls and pussy-cats. The project, which is a key part of Knowsley’s calendar of events for its year as the Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture, was launched by the current Earl and Countess of Derby whose family’s connections with Lear date back to 1831.

Local artists interested to find out more about The Owl and the Pussy-Cat project should visit www.cultureknowsley.co.uk. Artists can be either professional or amateur but are asked to take inspiration from Knowsley – its people, history and other characteristics.

Location: Knowsley
Trail: Summer 2022
Partner: Culture Knowsley
Event website: cultureknowsley.co.uk