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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)

World Book Day 2018: an Alice in Wonderland theme

On March 1st, the UK and Ireland are celebrating World Book Day! The rest of the world waits until the 23nd of April, but it is never too early to prepare of course. Make sure you order everything you need in time, to have a great Alice in Wonderland themed day!


Of course, this day is all about books. If you do not yet own a copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, or Through the Looking Glass and what Alice found there, this is your chance! But there are more great books suitable for World Book Day:

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A very merry birthday, mr. Dodgson!

On 27 January 1832, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a.k.a. Lewis Carroll, was born. He would have been 186 years old today.

Dodgson was born in the old parsonage at Daresbury, Cheshire. He was the 3rd child and eldest son of Reverend Charles Dodgson and Frances Jane Lutwidge and had 3 brothers and 7 sisters. He died in Guildford of pneumonia on 14 January 1898.

20th Anniversary of this website!

Oh my, can you believe that this website is celebrating its 20 year anniversary this month??

In 1997 I started my studies at university and got access to the internet on the campus. Being already a fan of Disney’s cartoon movie and Lewis Carroll’s books, I searched the web for more information about them. But I only found fragmented info.

I wanted to try my hand at building my own website, so I gave it a shot. In those days, Microsoft Frontpage was all the rage. Google was unknown; we all used Altavista to find webpages and we viewed them in the Netscape browser. My first website was very similar to most of the other personal websites in that time: it had frames, white letters on black backgrounds, animated gifs (burning torches and rainbow colored lines) and a Nedstat counter. 🙂

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’s 152th anniversary

Exactly 152 years ago today, the book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” was published.

Lewis Carroll started the story during a boat trip with Alice and her sisters on the 4th of July, 1862. Later he expanded the tale for publication and the first edition of the book was printed on 4 July 1865, exactly 3 years after the boat trip. But this first issue was recalled because of unsatisfactory printing. The official publishing date is therefore 18 November 1865.

The original first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Lecture: “The Natural History of ALICE: Bats, Cats and Dormice”

After the Lewis Carroll Society’s Annual Meeting, which takes place in London, there will be a lecture that is open to all.

The lecture is called “The Natural History of ALICE: Bats, Cats and Dormice” – or “the ABCD of Wonderland”. 🙂

Rosemary Etheridge of the Harrow Natural History Society and Jane Skelly of the Lewis Carroll Society discuss the natural and not so natural history to be found in the Alice books. From dormice nesting in teapots to the evolution of the Bread-and-butter fly.

Date: 17 November 2017
Time: 7.00 pm
Location: The Art Workers’ Guild, London (UK)
Admission: free

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