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University explores Sussex connection between beloved children’s authors

Sussex connection between Lewis Carrol and George MacDonald

THE University of Chichester is hosting a day of talks exploring the friendship of Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll and Scottish novelist George MacDonald who created The Light Princess and the Princess and Curdie.

The two Victorian writers, whose close friendship began at Hastings in East Sussex, still influence fantasy and children’s literature today.

The one-day event, from 9:30am to 6pm on Saturday 1 September, is hosted by the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales, and Fantasy, which provides a forum for scholars to study mythology and other traditional stories.

Mark Richards, former chair of the Lewis Carroll Society, said: “The event is bringing together some really fascinating talks about the two authors’ shared views on everything from maths and science, dreams and folklore, to heaven and hell.

“They went on to influence the likes of CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien so to go back and see how their friendship shaped each other’s work right here in Sussex will be very interesting.”

Full details about the event and ticket sales, priced at £25 each or £20 for concessions, are available at

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