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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

Alice's Day 2021 banner

Event: ChessFest

On 18 July there will a day of chess activities in London, drawing on the chess theme of Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking-Glass”.

There will be free chess lessons, chess tables to play with each other, a speed chess challenge, a blindfold chess exhibition, and more. Notable there will be a human chess game based around “Through the Looking-Glass”, performed by professional actors. Children are encouraged to dress up as characters from “Through the Looking-Glass” – but I say: if you’re an adult, go for it as well! 🙂

Date: 18 July 2021 (The festival is actually from 16 to 18 July, but the first two days of activities are not open to the public.)
Time: 11.00 – 18.00
Location: Trafalgar Square, London, UK

More information: https://www.chess-fest.com/trafalgar-square


Book presentation: “Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’ and Cognitive Narratology”

On June 28, Francesca Arnavas will present her new book, “Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’ and Cognitive Narratology: Author, Reader and Characters”.

Lewis Carroll's ""Alice"" and Cognitive Narratology: Author, Reader and CharactersHer book proposes a dialogue between the ‘Alice’ books, and a cognitive narratological approach to literary texts. Both ‘Alice’ books are analysed through new theoretical lenses, using concepts taken from the cognitive sciences to explore the minds of the author, the readers and the characters.

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