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Through the Looking-Glass sesquicentenary conference: call for papers

This November, a conference will take place to celebrate 150 years of “Through the Looking-Glass”. There is now a call for papers.

Block the 4th and 5th of November 2021 in your agenda for the Through the Looking-Glass Sesquicentenary Conference. It will be hosted by the University of York, but all talks and associated events will be held online.

The conference aims to explore the significance of the mirror in literature, science, theology, art and other fields, and any facets of this concept that were relevant to ideas that shaped Carroll’s work, or, which have since been integral to its interpretation at different points in time.

They are currently inviting presentations exploring the theme of mirrors, offering fresh approaches to any aspects of the work itself, addressing, in particular, the difference between Looking-Glass and Wonderland, or aspects of Lewis Carroll’s biography, his historical, literary, and epistemological environment, intertextualities with other authors, Carroll’s correspondents or wider circles, which promise to shed new light on his Looking-Glass world. Contributions can be a mixture of traditional academic papers and alternative formats.

More information about the call for papers, and later on event information, can be found on their website: https://throughthelookingglasssesquicentenary.wordpress.com/

Virtual LCSNA Spring Meeting

COVID-19 also brings us good things: The spring meeting of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America will be held online, so you can attend even when you don’t live in the US (and you don’t need to be a member either)!

Their extensive meeting programme with lectures, Q&A, and social time, fills two days: 23 and 24 April, starting on 9:30 until 6:30/5:00 (Pacific Daylight Time). You will need to register to be able to join, but it’s free of charge.

The programme and other details can be found on their site: https://www.lewiscarroll.org/event/lcsna-spring-2021-virtual-meeting/

Event: “Creating Wonderlands” online forum

This full day of online talks is organized by the V&A museum, and related to their grand “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser” exhibition that will open later this year.

The ‘Alice’ stories have provided an enourmous source of inspiration and creativity. Speakers from across creative industries will share how they have reimagined, radicalised and revitalised Alice and her world. They will also discuss the question: “What will our next ‘Wonderland’ be?”

The full programme:

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A Christmas Greeting

Lady dear, if Fairies may
For a moment lay aside
Cunning tricks and elfish play,
‘Tis at happy Christmas-tide.

We have heared the children say –
Gentle children, whom we love –
Long ago, on Christmas Day,
Came a message from above.

Still, as Christmas-tide comes round,
They remember it again –
Echo still the joyful sound,
‘Peace on earth, good-will to men.’

Yet the hearts must child-like be
Where such heavenly guests abide.
Unto children, in their glee,
All the year is Christmas-tide.

Thus, forgetting tricks and play
For a moment, Lady dear,
We would wish you, if we may,
Merry Christmas, glad New Year.

– Lewis Carroll

Alice in Wonderland anniversary

On the 4th of July 1862, the first version of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” was told to Alice and her sisters, which is 158 years ago today!

Are you celebrating the story’s anniversary? Oxford’s yearly “Alice’s Day” is now going virtual because of COVID-19, so check out their page for inspiration regarding activities you can do yourself or with your family: https://www.storymuseum.org.uk/about-us/alices-day-1

I myself have participated in the ‘Picture This’ challenge and have made several recreations of the original illustrations with stuff in and around the house. Here are the ones that I think turned out best:

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