Inspired by Alice Family Fun Day 2019

The annual ‘Inspired by Alice Family Fun Day’ in Guildford, UK is coming up! Join this day of Alice inspired entertainment on the grounds of the historic Guildford Castle.

What to expect:

  • activities for all the family
  • craft activity
  • live music
  • opportunity to explore Guildford Castle
  • stalls and refreshments

Bring a picknick to enjoy the day in the gardens. If you come dressed as a character from Wonderland, you may win a prize!

Date: 3 August 2019
Time: 11am to 4pm
Location: Guildford Castle, Castle Street, Guildford GU1 3SX, UK

Entry to the grounds and many of the activities is free. Castle entry is £2 for adults, £1 for children.

More information: https://www.guildford.gov.uk/article/22562/Castle-events

Book review: “Lewis Carroll – The Worlds of His Alices”

Edward Guiliano recently published his new book “Lewis Carroll – The Worlds of His Alices”. In it, he discusses the works that Lewis Carroll produced throughout his lifetime and what they tell us about his personality and skills.

When I heard about this book and read its description, I didn’t really know what to expect. Apparently it wasn’t a biography, but an ‘analysis’. I wondered what exactly would be analysed and how deep it would dive into all those topics – as the book seemed to cover numerous works, it possibly couldn’t be very thorough? And how much focus would there be on the ‘Alice’ books (which of course I’m interested in most)?

The publishers were kind enough to provide me with a copy, so I was able to write this review for everyone else who is wondering whether they should purchase this book.

Cover of "Lewis Carroll - The Worlds of His Alices"
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Alice’s Day 2019

The annual “Alice’s Day” is upcoming! If you are in the UK on July 6, join the festivities and activities and listen to interesting lectures from the Lewis Carroll Society.

Alice’s Day is Oxford’s annual celebration of Lewis Carroll’s books. It’s a one day event coordinated by the Story Museum and offers a day full of events inspired by the story. Venues and museums across the city offer Alice-themed events and activities, bringing the book to life and encouraging people of all ages to (re)discover Wonderland. This year’s theme is ‘Time’.

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Exhibition: “Inspired by Alice”

The Atkinson (UK) will soon open an exhibition dedicated to illustrations for the Alice in Wonderland story. The exhibition features amongst others Dodgson’s own illustrations and illustrations from his contemporaries. It examines how artists and craftspeople were inspired by the story across generations.

Items on display include: 

  • Original sketches by Lewis Carroll, which he drew for “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground”;
  • Original wood blocks used for the prints in the book;
  • Salvador Dalí’s rarely seen ‘Alice in Wonderland’ illustrations;
  • Collections of Alice material from the British Library and Macmillan Publishers;
  • Illustrations from contemporary local artists.

The exhibition runs from Saturday 25 May 2019 until Saturday 7 September 2019 at The Atkinson, Southport (UK). For more information, go to https://www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/inspired-by-alice/.

Review: “The Dodo Knight” by Michelle Rene

Author Michelle Rene wrote a novella in which an old Alice Liddell looks back on the events that caused ‘the Liddell riddle‘. In this mixture of fiction and facts, we learn why the friendship between Charles Dodgson and Alice ended and almost all contact ceased.

Book "The Dodo Knight" by Michelle Rene

“The Dodo Knight” is a short story (just a little over 100 pages) of the ‘historical fiction’ genre. It takes place in the Victorian era and uses everything we know about Charles Dodgson and the Liddell family, to tell ‘the true story’ of what happened between them to cause the rift we are still speculating about. Of course, that story was made up by the author, who is merely ‘filling the gaps in history’, as she calls it, with her own take on what might have happened.

Don’t fear: it’s not one of these books that contributes to the spreading of false claims and speculations – in the afterword, Rene clearly explains which parts were made up. Still, it is a book that can be received quite differently, depending on how much you know about the circumstances and the backgrounds of the main characters, and depending on how much you detest the idea that Dodgson could have had a love relationship with one of the Liddells.

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