Posts Tagged ‘alice in wonderland

16
Aug
19

Alitji in the Dreamtime

Alitji in the Dreamtime: a re-telling of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland story by Nancy Sheppard using Australian Aborigine language and imagery: the white rabbit has become a kangaroo and the dormouse is now a koala.

The story is told in the Pitjantjatjara language of Central Australia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitjantjatjara) and is back-translated into English alongside.

The illustrations by Byron Sewell are rather beautifully printed in brown ink: far more elegant than black, especially on the grey-brown of the paper.

Published in 1975 by the University of Adelaide, and available from various sellers on Amazon: Alitji on Amazon

More equivalences:

  • the fan becomes a woomera
  • the caterpillar becomes a witchety grub
  • the Duchess becomes the Spirit of the North Wind
  • the Mad Hatter and the March Hare become a Stockman and a Horse
  • Croquet is played with storks and echindnas

I think this is one of my favourite alternative Alice stories: the tale is well told, the rhymes and verses stand up well and the illustrations are beautiful. It works well as a book on its own merits, and it adds dimensions to the original story. Recommended.

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29
Jun
19

2018 Pirelli Calendar- 45th Edition: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

2018 Pirelli Calendar 45th Edition: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: photos by Tim Walker.

Stylist: Edward Enninful

Designer: Shona Heath

The Pirelli calendar was first published in 1964, although there was a trial run with an unpublished mock-up version in 1963. Production was paused in 1974 for 10 years, but it’s been around ever since.

Until recently it’s had a reputation as a ‘glamour’ calendar, but has tried to shed the dodgy image with the use of un-airbrushed, non-made up stars in 2017. In 2018, British fashion photographer Tim Walker took inspiration from Alice, shooting in London with an all black cast.

 

Includes 28 photos of the 18 cast members.

Cast:

Duckie Thot (Australian model): Alice

Adwoa Aboah (British model): Tweedledee

Naomi Campbell (British model) and Sean Combs (P Diddy- American rapper): The Royal Beheaders

Slick Woods (American model): The Madhatter

Lupita Nyong’o (Kenyan-Mexican actor): The Dormouse

Whoopi Goldberg (American actor): The Royal Duchess

Djimon Hounsou (American-Beninese actor): The King of Hearts

RuPaul (Superstar and hero): The Queen of Hearts

Adut Akech (South Sudanese/Australian model: The Queen of Diamonds

Alpha Dia (Senegalese model): the Five-Of-Hearts-Playing-Card Gardener

King Owusu (Illustrator and model): Two-Of-Hearts-Playing-Card Gardene

Lil Yachty (American rapper): The Queen’s Guard

Thando Hopa (South African lawyer and model): The Princess of Hearts

Wilson Oryema (writer, activist and model): the Seven-Of-Hearts-Playing-Card Gardener

Zoe Bedeaux (fashion stylist, designer and singer): The Caterpillar

Sasha Lane (American actress): The Mad March Hare

Jaha Dukureh (Gambian anti-FGM/Human rights activist): Wonderland princess

Pirelli’s site here.

New York Times review here.

Article from Elle here.


 

 

22
Feb
19

After Alice

After Alice by Gregory Maguire.

Publisher: Headline (27 Oct. 2015)

ISBN:  1472230434/ 978-1472230430

From the publisher:

When Alice fell down the rabbit-hole, she found Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But how did Victorian Oxford react to Alice’s disappearance?

Gregory Maguire turns his imagination to the question of underworlds, undergrounds, underpinnings -and understandings old and new, offering an inventive spin on Carroll’s enduring tale. Ada, a friend mentioned briefly in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, sets out to visit Alice but, arriving a moment too late, tumbles down the rabbit-hole herself. 

Ada brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect as she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and bring her safely home from this surreal world below the world. The White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat and the bloodthirsty Queen of Hearts interrupt their mad tea party to suggest a conundrum: if Eurydice can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or if Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life. 

Either way, everything that happens next is After Alice.

Gregory Maguire is the author of many books for children and adults, including Wicked, the story of Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West.

Available on Amazon.

21
Feb
19

Alice D.

Alice D., by Cath Lorina Dodgson

Publisher: Troy Book Makers, 2017

ISBN: 1614684030, 9781614684039

Cover blurb:

On Christmas eve, 1860, eight-year-old Alice Liddell, Lewis Carroll’s original Alice, falls through the frozen Thames breaking a mirror-page in the sacred BOOK OF TIME, to end up in Atlantis. In her curiosity to decipher an obscure inscription and escape, she breaks a second mirror, letting the Gorgon Medusa out to terrify the sunken continent. Alice realises she must identify Medusa and her two immortal sisters and return them to Greece before she can go home with honour, but they,  along with the Walrus and the Carpenter and the corrupt Caterpillar frame her on a charge of eating the Oysters!

There’s a Youtube video too:

 

18
Feb
19

alice through the needle’s eye

Alice Through the Needle’s Eye: A Third Adventure for Lewis Carroll’s Alice by Gilbert Adair. Published by Macmillan, 1984. Hardback first edition.

22 illustrations by Jenny Thorne.

Alice is trying to thread a needle by the fire on a snowy afternoon, when she finds herself in an alphabetical land populated by Siamese-Twin Cats (joined at the tail), the Welsh Rabbit (with his toasted cheese), the Kangaroo, the spelling bees, the Italian Hairdresser who uses a small crocodile as a pair of scissors, Jack and Jill, and best of all- the Grampus. It’s fun trying to find all the letters in the right order: this is one of my favourites of the sequels/ rewrites. The pictures are perfect too: I’ll try and get organised and scan some in.

ISBN: 0 333 37361 8

Bought in Hay for £15 to replace a copy given to me by my father, and lost.

Alice Through the Needle’s Eye: A Third Adventure for Lewis Carroll’s Alice

17
Feb
19

Unsuk Chin

Unsuk Chin programme from the Bayerische Staatsoper: world premiere in Munich (June 2007).

With text (in German), photos, music manuscript, costume and set designs, and the libretto (in English).

The scanned in picture is a bit dodgy as I don’t want to break the spine, and the front cover is plain purple, but here’s some video:

Many thanks to Jean for sending me this.

12
Feb
19

Alice in Wonderland Studio Commemorative Edition

Alice in Wonderland Studio Commemorative Edition DVD/ Bluray

Directed by Tim Burton

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Contains both the DVD and Bluray versions of the film.

Comes with two sleeves. Special foil sleeve and then an additional outer sleeve given to staff at the studio as a thank you.

Outer sleeve decorated with Tenniel style drawings of characters from the film, and sealed at the back with a large gold sticker.

Currently available on US ebay for $299.99. Or on UK ebay for £8.99.




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