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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!

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