A Hitchin bookshop is playing host to a wonderful set of original silk illustrations from one of the most famous children’s books in literature as it marks a milestone date.

Eric T Moore Books celebrates the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland with a special day at their Bridge Street bookstore.

The store will be hosting an Alice in Wonderland Day next Thursday, October 29 – and is encouraging people to come dressed as their favourite Wonderland character for a fancy dress competition.

There will also be colouring activities and two storytelling sessions at 11am and 3pm.

The shop’s Alison Fell-Gordon said: “We are very lucky to have the silk prints. One of our customers heard about our day and happened to mention he had some silk illustrations from Alice in Wonderland by Sir John Tenniel – who was the artist who illustrated the book in 1865 – and was happy to loan them to us to help mark the week.

“They are believed to be some of the first draft works before the final illustrations were selected for the wooden block prints for the book.

“We would love as many people as possible to drop by to see the silk prints as they are not usually on display to the public.”

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