Amazing Alice in Sunderland design entries flooding in

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Entries to mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland this year have been flooding in.

To celebrate Alice’s place in Sunderland’s cultural history, a design competition was launched asking people to submit their own vision of Alice In Wonderland.

The entries, which can include anything, from famous scenes to iconic characters – from Alice herself to the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts and beyond – will also form part of a rolling exhibition in Sunderland City Library, Fawcett Street, to showcase the talents demonstrated by entrants to the competition.

Submissions so far have been in a variety of mediums and from all age groups, including words, paint, knitted and carved, these include:

The tea party was made by a knitting group called The Materialistics, which meets in Cleadon Park Library, and Louise Avery has submitted a selection of photographs depicting various cake designs on the theme.

Janet Ross made and is modelling the costume of the Mad Hatter with the photographs taken by her daughter in Washington.

The Alice charm bracelets are made by Steve and Sue Barnsley, who live in Cleadon, and the Falling Into Wonderland card was entered by Peter Marshall.

Leah Hunter, 12, has written her own version of the popular story.

The Your Alice in Sunderland competition, which is part of a year of Alice in Wonderland themed events, is divided into four categories with prizes for the most interesting and creative entries.

Those aged 11 and under will receive art supplies or support towards furthering their talent; 12 to 17 age group will also receive art supplies of support to further their talent and for those 18 and over there is a first prize of £500 and two runners-up prizes of £250.

Sunderland University is also offering students a £500 cash prize.

The theme has been adopted by key city players including those who form the Vibrancy Partnership, a collective that aims to shine a spotlight on the creativity and flair that is alive in Sunderland.

The closing date for entries is Monday, September 7, with prizes awarded at a ceremony to be held at the University of Sunderland. Entries, or photographs in the case of three dimensional submissions, can be sent to or visit for more information.