‘Discovering our Medieval Past: Beckley and its hinterland in the later Middle Ages’ – Dr Elizabeth Gemmill (Oxford University Dept of Continuing Education)
‘From Oxford to Wonderland via Otmoor: the real wonderlands that inspired Lewis Carroll’
A talk about Lewis Carroll, author of the Alice books, by Dr Franziska Kohlt of Oxford University, Editor of The Lewis Carroll Review. Dr Kohlt will examine the apocryphal suggestion that Carroll was inspired by the chequerboard field pattern of Otmoor, when viewed from Beckley, to introduce the chess game in 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland':
".... and a most curious country it was. There were a number of tiny little brooks running straight across it from side to side, and the ground between was divided up into squares by a number of little green hedges, that reached from brook to brook. I declare it's marked out just like a large chessboard!" "Oh, what fun it is!" (chapter 7).
But she’ll also address much more.
Featuring poets Jenny Lewis, Merryn Williams, Pat Winslow, Rip Bulkeley, Paul Surman, Eva Wal, Jalina Mhyana - each of whom will read a World War 1 poet then one or more of their own poems on the theme of peace. With music from Patrissia Cuberos and artwork by Tim King. Curated by Louise Larchbourne.
Doors open 2:30 pm
Please note this meeting will be held in Beckley Village Hall, with snacks and bar provided by The Abingdon Arms. Donations and raffle in aid of Peace Direct – www.peacedirect.org Entry charge £5 – advance reservations from firstname.lastname@example.org