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Book fans flock to UCLan for celebratory event

14 July 2015

Rachel Atkinson

Bestselling author Cathy Cassidy joins literary enthusiasts to mark the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland  

Pic: Bestselling author Cathy Cassidy with a selection of literary fans, including UCLan MA Publishing students.

 

Book fans both young and old joined a famous author and students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the infamous ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’.

The MA Publishing students organised a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and the honoured guest was bestselling children’s writer Cathy Cassidy whose latest book, ‘Looking-glass Girl’, is a retelling of Alice's Adventures.

Guests came dressed as their favourite characters from Alice’s Adventures and even the food was straight from the pages of the book with jam tarts, magic cakes and jelly.

All guests were given a goody bag with lots of Alice themed activities and a free copy of ‘Looking Glass Girl’ signed by the author. During the party Cathy talked about her book and about her love for Alice’s Adventures.

 

"I read it when I was eight or nine, and loved it; it was a perfect slice of fantasy and nonsense, a surreal world where anything could, and did, happen."

Cathy Cassidy chats to guestsShe said: “Almost all of my books came from libraries as a child, and ‘Alice's Adventures in Wonderland’ was no exception. I read it when I was eight or nine, and loved it; it was a perfect slice of fantasy and nonsense, a surreal world where anything could, and did, happen. I totally fell in love with the Tenniel illustrations and really wanted to be Alice.”

The event was organised by the MA Publishing students as part of their studies.

Cathy, who has penned 27 novels to date, added: “The students did such a wonderful job of organising this event. Everyone had so much fun and the Mad Hatter's costumes and food were amazing.”