Most people don't realise that Lewis Carroll invented the world 'chortle'. Like Shakespeare, he coined a lot of new words that have since become an integral part of the English language. He also brought us 'galumph' and 'portmanteau' (used to describe a word that is made up of two words squished into one - like 'smog', which mixes 'smoke' and 'fog'). And 'frabjous' too, although that one has never really caught on. A mathematician, logician and inveterate lover of nonsense, Lewis Carroll wrote poetry that is almost - if not quite - as famous as his most beloved creation, Alice, and her adventures in Wonderland. In fact, several of the poems included on this disc - including two of his most famous pieces, 'The Walrus and the Carpenter' and 'Jabberwocky' - were originally included in his novels about Alice, although they have since gained their own independent life.