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Xstatic Wonderland Festival

This Wonderland festival in Sydney, Australia, celebrates our reconnection after Covid-19! Dress up, get creative, and dance this October.

This one-day festival includes 2 themed stages with live music and DJ’s, and performers along with stand up comedy, talks, a scavenger hunt and a theatrical Rabbit Hole experience. More importantly, there is a giant Mad Hatter’s tea party and they are aiming for a Guinness World Record to co-create ‘world’s largest Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’! So dress up as an Alice in Wonderland character, bring your tea party essentials to set your own part of the table, and join in! There will be a prize for the most outrageous tea party setting.

The festival is alcohol- and drugs-free, inclusive, and for all-ages.

Date: 9 October 2021
Place: Belmore Park, Sydney, Australia
More information and tickets: https://www.xstaticsunsets.com/xstaticwonderland

Xstatic Sunsets Wonderland Festival

Through the Looking-Glass Exhibition – Japan

An exhibition in Nagano, Japan, revolves around Carroll’s sequel: Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there.

The exhibition focuses on the differences between “Through the Looking-Glass” and “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, as well as the Mother Goose rhymes and nonsense poetry in the story. It highlights the charm of ‘nonsense’ in the history of English picture books, and features original illustrations from John Tenniel, as well as illustrations from modern and contemporary artists.

Date: 1 March to 21 June 2021 (first part) / 23 June to 11 October 2021 (second part)
Location: the Picture Library in Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan.

New book: Alice’s Adventures under Water!

May I proudly present to you: my very own book, “Alice’s Adventures under Water”! It’s a sequel to “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there”, in which I’ve tried to mimic Carroll’s style as best as possible.

Front cover of Alice's Adventures under Water

I have been considering writing my own version for years and I finally felt it was time to give it a try.

Sequels to the ‘Alice’ books have been published before, but I must admit that I was often a bit disappointed in them, as I always felt something was missing. Either the writing style did not feel very Carrollian, or the story contained little to no poetry, or the puns and jokes were not up to standard, or there were no hidden references, or other characteristic Carrollian elements were missing. It may be arrogant, but I thought that, even though English is not my native language, with all my background knowledge I surely could do better?

So here it is: another ‘Alice’ story in which she encounters silly characters in silly situations, this time in and under-water world. I’ve put in jokes, puns, and poetry, as well as more or less obscure references to well known people, politics, poems and songs, and mathematics. I also tried to incorporate into my story other specific elements that one can find in Carroll’s ‘Alice’ stories, like his particular use of punctuation, exactly 12 chapters, the covert return of the Hatter and the March Hare, and more. And as all good books must have pictures, it contains exactly 42 illustrations in the style of John Tenniel, skilfully drawn by the talented Robert Louis Black!

The book is now available for purchase. You can order it directly from me through this website, but you can also find it at Amazon and other online bookstores, or order a copy from your local bookseller.

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/

Alice in Wonderland writing competition

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of “Through the Looking-Glass”, the Lewis Carroll Society is launching a writing competition!

The challenge: Write a ‘missing’ chapter for either “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” or “Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there”.

Closing date: July 3rd, 2021

Prizes: £100 for the winners of each of the three age groups (0-16 years, 16-20 year, 20+ years old), as well as Chris Riddell’s “Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There” book for the winners and runners-ups.

For rules and additional information, see: https://lewiscarrollsociety.org.uk/writing-competition/

Book: The Chess Player’s Alice

Do you want to know more about the chess game that forms the framework of “Through the Looking Glass and what Alice found there”? Then get this booklet, written by Rev. Ivor Davies, who had an interest in both chess and Lewis Carroll.

Reverend Davies’ interest in Lewis Carroll led him to write several articles about the chess game in ‘Through the Looking Glass’. These articles have now been bundled and republished by the Clergy Correspondence Chess Club, which Davies founded, in a book called “The Chess Player’s Alice”.

The Chess Player's Alice cover

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