I heard something that really shocked me the other day.
Did you know that the literary equivalent of the world’s most full-on acid trip, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, is 150 years old?
I know – proper freaky, hey?!
It was first published in 1865 by Macmillan Publishers, but far from feeling dated today, I think it’s pretty safe to say that its surrealism was hugely ahead of its time… don’t you think?
I love this book. As a girl I loved the fantasy world of rabbit holes, magic cakes, secret doors, enchanted potions, quirky animals, riddles and nonsense rhymes. In fact, I loved it so much that I had an Alice in Wonderland ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ for my 21st birthday, complete with afternoon tea in my parents’ garden, eat me/drink me bottles, playing card-themed shortbread biscuits, croquet, fancy dress (of course!), hats and more.
As an adult, I went to see The Royal Ballet’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ at the Royal Opera House in London in 2011, and loved it. Plus the Tim Burton movie featuring Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter was right up my street. And who could forget visiting the ultra-trippy bar at Glastonbury called The Rabbit Hole, with its labyrinth of tunnels and entry-gaining riddles.
So, I guess you could say… I’m a fan.
And I’m not the only one in my family either… my brother even went to a fancy dress party once dressed as the Hookah-Smoking Caterpillar, donning a green sleeping bag, a hubbly bubbly pipe and about 10 packets of bright yellow Marigolds as caterpillar hands/feet. Respect!
So… I was pretty excited to hear that UK homeware brand, Sophie Allport, were to launch a limited edition Alice in Wonderland collection to commemorate the book’s 150th anniversary, with artwork based on the original colour illustrations that are owned by Macmillan Publishers.
The collection includes a range of stationery, fine bone china mugs, jugs, bowls, plates, tea cups & saucers, teapot, egg cups, apron, children’s bags, pencil case, tea cosy, oven gloves and more. Prices start at £2 for a sheet of wrapping paper up to a £32 for a large fine bone china teapot and all products carry the trademarked Macmillan Alice official anniversary logo.
To celebrate the launch of this collection, the lovely people at Sophie Allport have given me a collection of Alice in Wonderland goodies, including a mug and pair of double oven glove valued at £26, to give away to my fab readers.
The competition closes at the end of June, but be sure to enter NOW… before you’re late, you’re late, for a very important date.
Sorry about that… but it had to be done.
Anyway, good luck and happy tea partying!
Competition Terms & Conditions
Open to UK residents of any age.
No purchase is necessary. The Gleam widget above will accept entries from 12.01am (GMT) Monday 8th June 2015 until the close of the competition at 11.59pm (GMT) on Tuesday 30th June 2015. Any entries outside of the Promotion Period will not be counted.
The competition is run by Gammon & Chips (@maddiesinclair). No correspondence will be entered into.
Upon entering this competition, you give permission to pass your data on to Sophie Allport Limited.
The winner will be chosen randomly by Gammon & Chips using the Gleam widget. The winner will be announced by 02/07/2015.
The winner will be contacted via email by Gammon & Chips and must respond within 2 days or else another winner will be drawn.
Entrants must have a valid UK address. Bulk, third party or any entrants using automated software will be disqualified.
The prize is not transferable, re-saleable or exchangeable. There is no cash alternative.
Gammon & Chips reserves the right to amend, alter or terminate this promotion at any time due to circumstances beyond its control.
These rules are governed by English law and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.