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THE author of a novel based on the relationship between Lewis Carroll and the little girl who inspired Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is to give a public lecture at the University of Portsmouth.

Gaynor Arnold, whose book, After Such Kindness, was published in 2012, will read from her novel.

She will also discuss her work with Dr Patricia Pulham, an expert in Victorian literature in the University’s Centre for Studies in Literature.

Ms Arnold’s lecture on Thursday, March 12, launches a series of events in Hampshire to mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of Carroll’s most famous story about a little girl who fell down a rabbit hole.

Dr Pulham said: ‘Alice has delighted and continues to entertain generations of children and adults.

‘In this anniversary year, worldwide celebrations will take place ranging from academic conferences to Mad Hatter tea parties and costume balls.’

The lecture is in the university’s Portland building at 6.30pm and will be followed by a drinks reception.

Admission to the lecture is free, but places need to be reserved by visiting gaynorarnold.eventbrite.co.uk.