Coming up in May at the Goods Shed, just north of Claremont station, is the Scribblers Festival for kids and families. Celebrating both literature and art, the festival will have lots of activities for young people. A vintage caravan is already in place, its windows decorated with a book theme, and ready to act as a studio for podcasts of interviews with authors.
Built in the mid-18th century, the Radcliffe Camera was originally a science library. Now it is a reading room and part of the Bodleian Library.
Opposite Alice’s Shop (see previous post) is Christ Church College with its impressive main gateway topped by the Tom Tower. Designed by Christopher Wren and built in 1681, the tower houses Great Tom, a huge bell weighing more than six ton, which is rung every night.
Charles Dodgson lived in sight of the Tom Tower when he was a mathematics lecturer at Christ Church. Using the pseudonym, Lewis Carroll, he published Alice in Wonderland, after first telling the stories to Alice Liddell, the 10 year old daughter of the dean of the college.
Just about everything in the English city of Oxford has a literary connection, but one of the most obvious is Alice’s Shop in St Aldates, which claims to be the original of the Old Sheep Shop which Alice visits in “Through the Looking Glass”. In the book it is a sweets shop, but it is now selling all sorts of Alice in Wonderland stuff.