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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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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!

Books

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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