‘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)

Misattributed Alice in Wonderland / Lewis Carroll quotes

Pretty images and merchandise with quotes attributed to Lewis Carroll or the Alice in Wonderland books are popping up everywhere nowadays. Unfortunately, many of these quotes are misattributed: they are not from the ‘Alice’ books, nor from their author. Please don’t spread the misconception!

The internet is a blessing, but it also has a downside: funny, entertaining, motivational or spiritual quotes are shared with the speed of light, without anyone checking the reliability of the source.

People with commercial goals in mind, profit from this. They create merchandise with these quotes in the hopes that you buy them. Or they create nice looking images with quotes and post them on their social media page, hoping to get a lot of likes and shares, so their page becomes more valuable to advertisers.

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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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Christ Church Library digitizing their Carroll/Alice collection

Christ Church Library has a very nice collection with among others Lewis Carroll / Alice in Wonderland related material. Currently they are in the process of digitizing their material. A large part of the collection can already be found online.

Part of their online catalogue is dedicated to Lewis Carroll, and this section contains a subsection with material related to the creation of the ‘Alice’ books. The latter contains high-resolution scans with detailed descriptions of amongst others:

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