Reading groups invited to apply for free copies of Alice

The Story of Alice
The Story of Alice

Calling all book groups – don’ be late to take part in a Books by the Beach event.

Organisers of the Scarborough literature festival wants members to read and review Alice in Wonderland.

They have copies of Lewis Carroll’s children’s fantasy story to give away to groups – on a first come first severed basis.

The Alice Big Read coincide with the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Alice in Wonderland.

To mark the occasion as well as the big read, Books by the Beach organisers have programmed a Story of Alice’event.

This will be an insight into the world of Lewis Carroll and the real Alice by biographer Robert Douglas-Fairhurst.

Festival co-director Heather French said: “ We wanted to offer reading groups a chance to relive their childhood favourite and this classic can be read on so many levels “.

“The books are free to reading groups and the idea being that in March groups will take part in an Alice Big Read.

“All we ask in return is a short reviews (a paragraph in length) from participating reading group members. A number of these reviews will be put on our website, on the publisher’s (Viking) website and in The Scarborough News.

Children at Gladstone Road School are working on a project to create a new character to join the Mad Hatter’s tea party.

The Wonderland art work will be on display in Scarborough Library during the festival which runs from Wednesday April 15 to Sunday April 19.

In the Books by the Beach line-up are Ann Widdecombe talking about her first rime novel, thriller writer SJ Watson and crime writers Sophie Hannah and Peter James.

To receive your free book group set of Alice in Wonderland books contact Heather French by email at

Specify the number of books you need for your group and the giveaway is on a first come first served basis as supplies are limited. Books will be collected from Scarborough Library.