What's so great about Lewis Carroll?

Images of Irenosen Okojie, Joyce Carol Oates, Patrice Lawrence and Chris Riddell
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Celebrate 150 years of Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, with Joyce Carol Oates, Chris Riddell, Patrice Lawrence and Irenosen Okojie.

‘It's a poor sort of memory that only works backward.’ – The Queen, Through the Looking-Glass

This event takes place in the British Library Theatre and will be simultaneously live streamed on the British Library platform. Tickets may be booked either to attend in person, or to watch on our platform (online) either live or within 48 hours on catch up. In person ticket bookers will also be sent a bonus link to the online event. Viewing links will be sent out shortly before the event.

Countless retellings and adaptations pay homage to the enduring popularity of Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll. This panel featuring writers Patrice Lawrence and Irenosen Okojie examines his legacy, spanning two centuries of shifting tastes and opinions. In addition, Chris Riddell will be illustrating the panel live on stage in the style of John Tenniel’s original Alice. Plus Joyce Carol Oates as the Red Queen – what more could you wish for?

Presented in partnership with the Royal Society of Literature (RSL).

Panel members and participants

Patrice Lawrence’s debut novel, Orangeboy, won the Waterstone's Book Prize for Older Readers and the YA Book Prize. Her second novel, Indigo Donut, won the Crime Fest Best Crime Fiction for Young Adults. She won the inaugural Jhalak Prize for Children and Young People for Eight Pieces of Silva. She is the first writer ambassador for the young people's creative writing charity, First Story.

Irenosen Okojie was elected as a Fellow of the RSL in 2018 and currently serves on its council. Her debut novel, Butterfly Fish, won a Betty Trask Award. Her short stories have been published internationally, and her celebrated collection Speak Gigantular was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, the Jhalak Prize and the Saboteur Awards, and nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award.

Joyce Carol Oates is one of America’s most respected literary figures. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde and the recently-released novel Breathe. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Princeton University and a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction.

Chris Riddell is an illustrator, author and political cartoonist for the Observer. He has won a number of major prizes, including the prestigious CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal an unprecedented three times, and the Costa Book Award. This year, Chris has illustrated a new edition of Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll and in 2020 he also illustrated Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.


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Image (left to right): Irenosen Okojie, Joyce Carol Oates, Patrice Lawrence, and Chris Riddell 



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Name: What's so great about Lewis Carroll?
Where: Knowledge Centre
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Price: Full Price: £13.00
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Student: £6.50
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Disabled: £6.50
Senior (60+): £11.50
Young Person (18-25): £6.50
Online Full Price: £5.00
Online Member: £5.00
Online Event w/book (Alice's Adventures Underground) UK postage: £28.00
Online Event w/book (Alice's Adventures Underground) Non-UK postage: £32.50
Online Event w/book (Through the Looking Glass) UK postage: £28.00
Online Event w/book (Through the Looking Glass) Non-UK postage: £32.50
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