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In Cornwall, where I presently live, there are fairies. But let us be clear about the Cornish fairies. They were far from the diaphanous creatures with gossamer wings, beloved by the late Victorians and immortalised by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (whose book, The Coming of The Fairies so surprised his readers). These were not the Little People who flitted here and there among the flowers of the meadows. They were elementals: spirits of the land and fierce protectors of its terrain. Since the land was sacred to the indigenous population of pre-industrial Cornwall, the Small People were its nature spirits.

Published in 1865, the story of Alice in Wonderland has undoubtedly stood the test of time. With Lewis Carroll’s original story spawning numerous live action movies, animations, comic books and even games, Alice has transcended the printed word to become a part of mainstream culture. So why do generations of children and adults alike continue to venture down the rabbit hole?