We are often asked why the festival is called Jabberwocky Market, and this blog seems like the best place to share the story.
The festival is made for and by people of Darlington; a town traditionally known for markets. We get a lot of support from the various markets in town and want to bring a new one – one at which you can buy stories and experiences.
One definition of market is “a regular gathering of people for the purchase and sale of provisions, livestock, and other commodities”
The festival is a regular gathering of people for the purchase and sale of a rather more ephemeral product, it’s a market, but not as you know it.
So to explain the type of market, we sought a name that has connections with stories, fiction and culture, and one that links to Darlington.
Jabberwocky is the name of the fictional creature that appears in verse in Alice through the Looking Glass; a poem written when Lewis Carroll lived at Croft-on-Tees and said to be inspired by the older myth of the Sockburn Worm, slaughtered in the 1400s just beyond Neasham.
It all fit together like a jigsaw and so Jabberwocky Market was born.
If you want to know more about it:
Chris Lloyd, local historian and Deputy Editor of the Northern Echo, talks in depth about the historical stories regularly through the Darlington Historical Society and in many books and publications.
Sockburn Hall is currently undergoing a restoration process, with support from English Heritage.
Here is the Markets page on the Darlington Council website, so you can see other specialist events happening in the town.
Re-posted from the main Jabberwocky Market website