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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!

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Facsimile: “Lize’s Avonturen in het Wonderland”

The Dutch Lewis Carroll Society has published a facsimile of “Lize’s Avonturen in het Wonderland” – the first Dutch translation of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.

“Lize’s Avonturen in het Wonderland” was originally published in 1875. It is very much abridged (21 pages) and contains 7 enlarged and colored illustrations by Tenniel. It was the fifth translation of the story in the world, but the first one that contained colored illustrations.

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Forum closing down permanently

I have decided to close the forum on this website and take it offline permanently.

In preparation of this, the forum had already been closed to new registrations and had a notice on top that it would be going offline in some months.

Hardly anyone is using the forum anymore. Most people are on Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms. The amount of usage of the forum did no longer validate the time I had to put into maintaining it. You may not see it on the front-end, because I have several spam measures in place, but I had a daily job of removing spammers and their attempted postings. Also, I had to regularly update the forum software to keep everything running and safe. I’m afraid it was no longer worth the effort.

I want to extend a great thank you to the people who have been such loyal users of this forum. In the past I already handed out the title of ‘honorary member’ to several users, and several of you have even lasted until now! I’m looking at you, Treacle, The Queen of Hearts, and Beautiful Soup! And also Cheshire Dodo, Sakura in Wonderland, Mad Hatter II and many more who have visited and contributed regularly. Thank you for making it a nice place.

All the best to you all!