156th Anniversary of the ‘Alice’ tale

Today it’s exactly 156 years ago that Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) made up the ‘Alice’ tale.

The first version of the story arose on 4 July 1862 during a boat trip with Alice Liddell and her sisters.

It would later evolve into a longer tale called “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground”, which eventually became published in book form as “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. The first edition was printed on 4 July 1865 – exactly 3 years later.

Alice’s Day 2018

Alice’s Day is Oxford’s annual Alice in Wonderland festival. This year it takes place on 7 July. There will be all kinds of activities, including lectures from the Lewis Carroll Society!

The event is organized by the Story Museum. This year’s theme is ‘Journeys & Adventures’.

According to their website, the programme includes the chance to dance a Lobster Quadrille, immersive street theatre, a Comic Jam, a city wide trailer for families, live theatre, talks, lectures, face painting and crafting. Until now, this is all that is being communicated about the programme. Hopefully they will add more details soon!

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Auction: Through the Looking Glass copy with Carroll’s annotations

On July 10th, Sotheby’s in London will auction a copy of ‘Through the Looking Glass and what Alice found there’, that was rejected by Lewis Carroll because he was not satisfied with the printing quality. This was Carroll’s own copy and contains his hand-written notes.

This is not a first edition; it is a third edition (’60th thousand’) from 1893. Lewis Carroll was known to be very fussy about the printing quality of his books, so the very first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was not the only one that was recalled. This batch was recalled as well and he even threatened to end his contract with the Macmillan publisher because of it.

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Alice in Wonderland nursery ideas

Are you expecting a baby? How about choosing an Alice in Wonderland theme for your nursery? In this post you can find several ideas to get you started. Have fun and be creative!

Get stuffed animals of Wonderland characters

Stuffed animals belong in an Alice themed nursery! There are many different plush animals available, like a Cheshire Cat, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, or a flamingo.

Cheshire Cat plush toy Mad Hatter plush doll White Rabbit plush doll

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‘Come Away’ – upcoming Alice in Wonderland prequel movie

Did you know there is going to be a live-action fantasy drama movie, written as a prequel to both ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Peter Pan’? It is called ‘Come Away’ and tells us that Alice and Peter Pan are siblings!

Two years ago it was already announced that Brenda Chapman was going to produce the movie. Now, it is confirmed that Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo are in negotiations to play the roles of Alice and Peter.

The premise of the film, according to Deadline.com: “Before Alice went to Wonderland, and before Peter became Pan, they were brother and sister. When their eldest brother dies in a tragic accident, they each seek to save their parents from their downward spirals of despair until finally they are forced to choose between home and imagination, setting the stage for their iconic journeys into Wonderland and Neverland.”

Not much else is known about the story so far, so I’m very curious to see how it will turn out. The main question is of course: will lovers of Carroll’s ‘Alice’ tales enjoy this movie, or will we cringe again like we did when watching Disney’s live-action abominations from 2010 and 2016…?

Talk: Lewis Carroll and the Red Queen of Thame

On March 15th in Thame (UK), Carroll scholar and writer Mark Davies will talk about the factual inspirations for the Alice books, with an emphasis on the River Thames and a connection with the town of Thame.

Mark Davies is not only a Carroll scholar and writer, but also a local historian and Oxford guide. He will reveal some of the inspirations Carroll got from his surroundings, with a special emphasis on the importance of the River Thames in the creation, content and context of the story, as well as outline a connection with the town of Tame.

Date and time: 15 March, 7:30 pm
Location: Thame museum, 79 High Street, Thame, United Kingdom
Tickets: £6, available at the museum during opening hours, or reserve by email / phone (01844-212801)

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