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Alice’s Day 2024

This year’s Alice’s Day will be held on the 6th of July in Oxford – and I have been invited to give one of the talks for the Lewis Carroll Society!

Each year around the 4th of July (the day the Wonderland story arose), Alice’s Day is held in Oxford, UK. The whole city celebrates all things Alice in Wonderland, with many activities for both children and adults. On Saturday 6 July 2024 there will be another celebration, and this year’s theme is ‘Fabulous Monsters and Curious Creatures’. Dressing up is highly encouraged!

Activities include playing croquet, making a giant Jabberwock sculpture, Wonderland facepainting, performances, exhibitions, walks, and much more.

Every year, the Lewis Carroll Society organises several talks during this day. I am honoured to be one of the speakers! I will be talking about the sequel I wrote to the ‘Alice’ stories: “Alice’s Adventures under Water“. These talks are free of charge.

  1. 10:45 The Oxford Dodo – real and imagined
    With Mark Carnall, Collections Manager, Life Collections, Oxford University Museum of Natural History
    The cultural resonances, extinction, conservation and human interpretation of the Dodo, plus references to the Carrollian links with specimens at the Museum.
  2. 11:30 Alice’s Adventures Under Water
    With Lenny de Rooy, author and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ expert
    The inspirations for her humorous book, including the ‘fabulous monsters and curious creatures’ which feature, their parallels with the original ‘Alice’ books and references to modern culture, and some surprising revelations about real marine life.
  3. 12:15 Quest for the Jabberwock
    With Brian Sibley, Lewis Carroll Society Chair
    The frabjous story of how an Anglo-Saxon Stanza, a Monster from the Tulgey Wood and a Beamish Boy with a Vorpal Blade helped ‘Jabberwocky’ become Lewis Carroll’s most celebrated poem.

And at the end of the day, there is a society get together at a pub.

You can find the full programme on the Story Museum’s website.

I hope to see you there!

Date: Saturday 6 July
Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
Costs: many activities are free, some require a ticket
More information: https://www.storymuseum.org.uk/about-us/alices-day-1 

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