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Exhibition: “Through the Looking-Glass”

This December, there is an exhibition at Eberhard Karls University (Germany) to celebrate the 150 anniversary of “Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there”.

The exhibition focuses on the origins of the ‘Alice’ books. There will be some exhibits on their development and further impact, and a facsimile of the original manuscript of “Alice’s Adventures under Ground” will be on display.

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Date: 1 December 2021 – 5 January 2022
Eberhard Karls University Library, Tübingen, Germany 
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Event: Looking-Glass at 150: Reflecting on Lewis Carroll’s Second Alice Book

On 14 November, the National Library Board of Singapore (NLB) organizes a talk in honour of the 150th anniversary of “Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there”. You can follow it online through Zoom.

Assistant Professor Katherine Wakely-Mulroney will discuss how we might approach Carroll’s story as a reflection of his anxieties concerning childhood, aging, and memory. She will also speak about how other Victorian writers reflected the ‘Alice’ style in their own imitative children’s books.

Note that you can only attend this event if you are a member of the National Library Board in Singapore. However, it looks like you can sign up for a myLibrary account for free, without actually having to purchase a library subscription.

Date: 14 November 2021
Time: 03:00 – 04:30 CET
Location: online (through Zoom)
Admission: free (after registration)
More details and registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/looking-glass-at-150-reflecting-on-lewis-carrolls-second-alice-book-thi-tickets-190393400787

Through the Looking-Glass Sesquicentenary Conference

In November, there will be conference celebrating 150 years of “Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there”. The programme was just published and registration is now open.

The Through the Looking-Glass Sesquicentenary Conference will be held at 4 and 5 November 2021. It is hosted by the University of York (UK), but the event will be fully held online.

On the programme you can find keynote lectures, talks, roundtables, and social hours, all with a Looking-Glass theme. You’ll need to register to be able to attend (you’ll be emailed a Zoom link), or to be able to view the recorded talks afterwards. Registration is free.

View the full programme, registration form, and more, on the conference website: https://throughthelookingglasssesquicentenary.wordpress.com/

Through the Looking-Glass conference

10/6 – Mad Hatter’s Day!

In US date notation, today is 10/6 – meaning it is Mad Hatter’s Day

The card on the Hatter’s hat says 10/6, so we celebrate the event on October 6th in the US. Contrariwise, in countries that first list the day and then the month, we celebrate it at June 10th. And if you live in Looking-Glass Land, you’d probably celebrate it on 10\9 or 9\10! 🙂

Anyway – Happy Mad Hatter’s Day!

Disney Tea Party

70th anniversary of Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” cartoon movie

On  26 July 1951, exactly 70 years ago today, Disney’s cartoon movie “Alice in Wonderland” premiered in London. Two days later it was released in the US.

Although Disney’s cartoon does not follow the plot of the books very strictly, and combines elements of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there”, and  although it wasn’t an immediate success, it has had a great influence on how we see and remember Lewis Carroll’s story. Thanks to this movie, most people associate a blue dress with Alice, and pink stripes with the Cheshire Cat.

You can read more about the movie here.

Concept art for the movie by Mary Blair

Concept art for the movie by Mary Blair



Alice’s Anniversary

A verry merry anniversary to “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”!

Draft of the White Rabbit by TennielOn June 4 1862, Charles Dodgson told the first version of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” to Alice and her sisters during a boat trip.

Exactly 3 years later, the book we now all love was printed.