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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.


Debate: Wonderland vs. Looking-Glass

The Lewis Carroll Society of North America is organising a debate about which book is better: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, or “Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there”.

Four Carrollians will take sides and amicably argue about which of the two ‘Alice’ books is the more scholastically significant, culturally compelling, engrossingly eloquent, all-around better book.

You can attend the discussion via Zoom. Attendees can submit debate questions and also vote for their favorite at the beginning and end of the debate.

Date: 24 July 2021
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern / 11:00 AM Pacific
Zoomlink: posted 1 or 2 days before the event
More info: https://www.lewiscarroll.org/event/the-great-debate-wonderland-vs-looking-glass/

LCSNA debate

Alice’s Day 2021

The annual Alice’s Day in Oxford will be celebrated on 3 July. This year it will have both a physical and virtual component, so everyone can join.

There will be a giant Alice in puppet form wandering the streets of Oxford, as well as other Wonderland and Looking-Glass characters. Many venues will contribute to the festival with their own programme, which includes storytelling, a history walk, theatre, and more. Besides the local activities, there will be several digital talks (both live and pre-recorded) and activities that you can watch or do from home. You can view the full program on the website of the Story Museum.

Date: 3 July 2021
Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
More information: https://www.storymuseum.org.uk/about-us/alices-day-1

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