Lecture: Off with her head! – Lewis Carroll and Violence

On the 13th of October there will be a lecture about violence in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. It will take place in London (UK).

Lewis Carroll’s worlds of the imagination are places of unexpectedly violent encounters: from the despotic Queen of Hearts terrorising Wonderland with threats of wholesale decapitation to those battling duos beyond the Looking-Glass, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Lion and the Unicorn and the Red and White Knights. This topic will be considered in the lecture.

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Site slow / unreachable

Lately my site has been very slow and sometimes you’ll even see a ‘503 service unavailable’ error when loading a page.

This is due to a buggy third party plugin I’m using for my webshop. As I cannot just shut it off, it unfortunately means that I’ll have to wait for an update from the creator of the plugin before I can fix it.

I’m very sorry for the inconvenience.

 

155th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland

Exactly 155 years ago, Charles Dodgson started telling his ‘Wonderland’ tales to Alice and her sisters, during a boat trip.

The story arose at 4 July 1862, and was continued on further trips with the children. The tales evolved into the manuscript ‘Alice’s Adventures Under Ground’.

Later, Dodgson (under his pen name ‘Lewis Carroll’) decided to publish the story. On 4 July 1865, the first edition of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ was printed – which was 3 years later, now exactly 152 years ago!

Alice with the strange looking party of animals

Alice’s Day 2017

The annual Alice’s Day in Oxford (UK) is coming up! This year this fun event will take place on 1 July.

The day provides fun for the whole family, with many events taking place. There’s street theatre, live music, circus skills, guided tours, and more. This year’s theme is ‘riddles & puzzles’.

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“Inspired by Alice” Family Fun Day

On the 6th of August, head to the historic Guildford Castle grounds (UK) for a day of entertainment inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice!

During this ‘family fun day’, there will be amongst others:

  • performances and readings of Alice in Wonderland
  • family activities
  • craft activities
  • live music
  • stalls and refreshments

You can bring a picknick to enjoy in the gardens and come dressed as your favorite character!

When: August 6, 2017, 11:00am – 4pm
Venue: Guildford’s Heritage
Address: Guildford House, 155 High Street Guildford , United Kingdom
Entry: free

More information on the Guildford website or their Facebook event.

Exhibition: Alice in Wonderland – themes and variations

The Guildford Museum (UK) will be showing several displays from 13 May to 8 July and from 15 July to 9 September. They will be about the several themes and variations of the famous ‘Alice’ stories.

In a series of small changing displays, the museum will explore:

  • how Alice and her Wonderland have been illustrated across the years and around the world;
  • how the book has been adapted on stage and on screen;
  • how artists have been inspired by Carroll’s creations;
  • how Alice has been approprated for every purpose you can inmagine, from advertising to pop music.

 

More information on the website of the Guildford Museum.

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