23 March 2014

I passed this place in Great Newport Street, near Leicester Square. Must go in next time I am passing (I was in a hurry) but if you have been there, let me know. Their website is Carrollian themed.

And on 8 APril onwards the British Library has an All About Alice event - click here for details.
04 March 2014
The Nyctograph Edition

Do you recognise the odd looking square lettering shown in the book cover above? I'd... hm... guess not. It's on the cover of an edition of "Alice" written in the night time language Lewis Carroll devised, so he could jot down notes at night without having to get out of bed and light a candle. Carroll used his alphabet with a special device which he called a nyctograph. You could take it into bed with you and write under your warm bedclothes!

Alan Tannenbaum has written a foreword to this edition, and the book is available on Amazon. If you want to click here you can find some more information. It all sounds very logical!

19 February 2014

What do you think of this story? It tells of a daguerreotype which sold on eBay a few years ago, with an old typewritten label attached stating that it was Lewis Carroll - or Charles L. Dodgson. Click the link to find out more.

10 February 2014
I've just come across this trailer for the Gruber Ballet's unbelievable Alice. I say "unbelievable" because I can't believe human beings can do some of the things in this performance. Even though they are obviously professional gymnasts. See if you agree.

If you're interested in attending their performances in the near future, looks as if you'll have to go to France! However they are in Tel Aviv and Dublin in May, and having a Canadian tour in the autumn.
29 January 2014
Through the looking glass

You can spent a lot of time on Pinterest, and find treasures there. I came across these Alice in Wonderland images by Susan Zerbe . I amused myself by seeing how many of them I recognised. Click the link, take a look and see how many ring a bell with you!

My eye was caught first of all by the image of Jeane Argent's sculpture in Guildford. It shows Alice going through the Looking Glass. My image above) comes from the BBC's interesting page on Lewis Carroll's Guildford. which is worth taking a look at too.

27 January 2014
27 January 1832. As a birthday gift, here's the Muppets, performing Jabberwocky!

24 December 2013
Carsten Braun and Bastian Korff set Lewis Carroll to beautiful music. Enjoy! And have a wonderful Christmas!


Lady dear, if Fairies may For a moment lay aside
Cunning tricks and elfish play,
'Tis at happy Christmas-tide.
We have heard the children say--
Gentle children, whom we love--
Long ago, on Christmas Day,
Came a message from above.
Still, as Christmas-tide comes round,
They remember it again--
Echo still the joyful sound
"Peace on earth, good-will to men!"
Yet the hearts must childlike be
Where such heavenly guests abide:
Unto children, in their glee,
All the year is Christmas-tide!
Thus, forgetting tricks and play
For a moment, Lady dear,
We would wish you, if we may,
Merry Christmas, glad New Year!


Christmas, 1867.
28 November 2013
I'm so grateful to Yoshi in Japan for sending this lovely Hirai Takako calendar which I will be using throughout 2014!


He also sent some more Alice postcards - I particularly like the one of Lewis Carroll sheltering the three little girls under his coat.

20 November 2013
Ray Bradbury

Lewis Carroll is one of my favourite writers, Ray Bradbury is another. Thought you'd like to see this clip of him from around 1978, talking of his admiration for "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and about working with Walt Disney on EPCOT, which at that time Disney hoped to be a community of the future. Bradbury always seems to be having a good time. I'm sure he lived in a little world of his own, which is partly why I love his work.

The image is from "Here and Now" - read their piece on Ray here. Ray died in June 2012. I wonder what he thought of how the world had panned out. Maybe there are some interviews with him in his old age. I'll look around and find out.
17 November 2013
I was pleased when someone shared this item about Vanessa's storytelling in London here. No, I'm not biased, hemhem... well not much!

I'm proud of Vanessa but a book I saw recently is the way NOT to do a story. Foyles was displaying this copy of Jabberwocky You'll see that someone called Jennifer Adams is credited as the author and Lewis Carroll or C.L. Dodgson is not credited anywhere (unless you count the header "Little Master Carroll") .Maybe this will catch on? If you can't write your own stuff, just find something well known by someone who is dead, copy out bits of it and pretend you are really the author. You can then get your book into major bookstores with minimum talent and work.

There are some fun illustrations though. And some Carroll collectors might want this for its curiosity value, though I doubt it. I wonder how many people do this kind of thing?