The Lewis Carroll Society holds regular meetings throughout the year.

Non-members are welocme, but we request that you let us know if you wish to attend by contacting our Secretary (


19 February 2016:
'The Influence of Lewis Carroll on Management Thinking'
By Steve Folan

Recently elected Committee member, Steve Folan, highlights the influences on Lewis Carroll at the time that he wrote Alice, explores the management themes in Wonderland, linking them with examples from business literature, and proposes an idea for why the themes still resonate with current readers. This intriguing talk on a fascinating subject is one not to be missed.

8 April 2016:
'We're All Mad Here!: Lewis Carroll and Victorian Psychiatric Practice'
By Franziska Kohlt

Alice didn’t want to go among mad people, but still the Cheshire Cat sent her off to that famous mad tea-party. Drawing on Lewis Carroll’s personal recollections from diaries and letters and examining his relationship with his uncle, Robert Wilfred Skeffington Lutwidge, a Commissioner in Lunacy, together with correspondences of the Lunacy Commission, Franziska Kohlt explores Carroll’s intellectual engagement with Victorian Psychiatry and reveals how characters such as Wonderland’s Hatter reveal parallels with popular contemporary imagery of insanity. This talk provide an opportunity to view Lewis Carroll’s familiar writings, outside the genre children’s literature, as part of the wider Victorian discourse of the sciences of the mind.

27 May 2016:
'Alice in 1932: Looking Back at the Lewis Carroll Centenary'
By Will Brooker

The 1932 centenary of Lewis Carroll’s birth marks a key point in the way the author and his work were discussed, interpreted and understood. By 1932, the Alice books had been adapted to cinema, adopted into advertising and incorporated into a society very different from the 1860s Britain in which they were first published. Carroll, who died in 1898, was already considered a literary 'immortal', and his work was associated with a nostalgic past, yet he also remained within living memory, recalled by people who had known him when they were children: while the 'real Alice’, Mrs Hargreaves, was still alive, an elderly lady enjoying a new celebrity. This talk, based on a study of hundreds of original documents from the period, examines what Lewis Carroll and Alice meant at the time.

All events will be held in Gradidge Room (First Floor) at The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT 6:30 for 7pm




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