Cathedral to host special talk

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The 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland will be marked at Ripon Cathedral on Sunday June 7.

Dr Selwyn Goodacre, international authority on the world famous author of the children’s book, will speak about Lewis Carroll.

“It is an important celebratory event for Ripon,” explained Maurice Taylor, of the Friends of Ripon Cathedral.

“Lewis Carroll’s father, his brothers and sisters, his aunt and the young storyteller himself sat in the choir stalls at Ripon Cathedral and watched their restoration.

“Creatures among the carvings can be linked to the stories.

“His sisters raised funds for the stained glass in the East window.

“Appropriately, then, on Sunday June 7 at 3pm, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Dr Selwyn Goodacre, international authority on Lewis Carroll, will speak in Ripon Cathedral among those same choir stalls with afternoon tea to follow in Thorpe Prebend House.”

The Mayor of Ripon will be present together with the Bellman, who will announce the speaker.

In his most important work after the Alice Stories, Lewis Carroll’s poem The Hunting of the Snark includes principal characters the Bellman and the Boots, both significant in Ripon at the time the family was visiting.

Selwyn Goodacre is a past chairman of the Lewis Carroll Society, and edited The Society Journal for 22 years.

The retired GP’s extensive Lewis Carroll collection includes over 2000 different copies of the Alice books, and a number of autograph letters of Lewis Carroll.

He pursues an interest in all aspects of Children’s literature. In 1987 he compiled the bibliography for the Julia Briggs biography of E Nesbit.

He is a regular contributor to the Beatrix Potter Society Newsletter, and an occasional contributor to the publications of other literary Societies.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865, Dr Goodacre will relate the story of the book’s genesis, briefly discuss the life of the author, before showing the way the book has been differently illustrated over the years.

Admission is free but tickets to the afternoon tea are £7, phone 01765 604778 to book.