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Looking for speaker: Chess and Through the Looking Glass

The Lewis Carroll Society of the UK is looking for a speaker for a talk related to the theme of Chess in ‘Through the Looking Glass and what Alice found there’.

Alice’s Day is an annual event in Oxford, UK and will be held on 1 July. The theme for this year is ‘Games & Puzzles’. The Society will be organizing several talks around this theme, but is still looking for a speaker for the talk ‘A great huge game of Chess’.

Do you have a good knowledge of both chess and of Through the Looking Glass and feel you can give an illustrated talk combining the two subjects? Please contact them a.s.a.p..

“Say What You Mean, and Mean What You Say” Conference

The University of Mons (Belgium, Europe) invites you to their conference on Alice in Wonderland, called “Say what you mean, and mean what you say”. It will take place from the 19th to the 21st of April.

The conference is organised around the following areas:

  • Lewis Carroll (life, journals, other works, etc.)
  • Alice in translation
  • Adaptations of Alice
  • Alice in the (post-)postmodern era

 

The programme (pdf) for all three days is now available.
The official languages of the conference are both English and French.

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World Book Day coming up!

On March 2nd, it will be World Book Day again! A great reason to re-read “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and/or “Through the Looking Glass”, or to organize a Mad Tea Party!

A Mad Tea Party or Unbirthday party is the best way to introduce your children to these classics tales. Do read my mad tea party ideas for inspiration.

Below are some costumes and items that are perfect to celebrate World Book Day:

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Large collection of Alice in Wonderland books and memorabilia on sale

On February 8th, one of the largest collections of Alice in Wonderland books and memorabilia in the world will be put up for auction in Oxford.

The auction is called the “Oxford Authors Sale” and will be in auction house Mallams, Oxford (UK). It concerns the collection by the late Thomas Schuster, an international antiquarian books and prints dealer, and his wife Alice.

The collection consists of about 3,000 Alice related items they collected over the course of 25 years, amongst which are books, porcelain, artwork, posters, toys, dolls and ephemera. They range from the rare and academically important to the bizarre.

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151th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland!

Today it is exactly 151 years ago that the book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” was published.

first-edition-replica-of-aaiwThe story arose at 4 July 1862, when Lewis Carroll (pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), was on a boat trip with a friend, Alice, and her sisters Lorina and Edith. Alice grew restless and begged Dodgson for a story “with lots of nonsense in it”. So started the famous tale, which was continued on further outings, and was later expanded for publication.

The book was first printed on 4 July 1865, exactly 3 years after the famous boat trip, but this printing was rejected by Lewis Carroll and John Tenniel. The new publishing date was set on 18 November 1865.

 

Read more about the origins of the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ story