The Dickens Fellowship, founded in 1902, is a worldwide association of people who share an interest in the life and works of Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870). For more information about our organisation visit the organisation page.

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Message from the President

Subscribe to The Dickensian and enjoy free access online to all issues from 1905 onwards.


The Dickensian's back issues, from 1905 onwards, are available electronically, and word-searchable, through ProQuest publishers. Individual subscribers to The Dickensian are given complimentary access to these online resources, for personal use only, by application to Geoff Dicks geoffrey.dicks@btinternet.com

2015 Dickens Fellowship Annual Conference

The 2015 Annual Conference of the Dickens Fellowship will be hosted by the Bristol and Clifton Dickens Society at Wills Hall (pictured) in Stoke Bishop, Bristol, between Thursday 23rd and Tuesday 28th July.  The programme and booking form are now available on the Branch website. The organisers request that a deposit on behalf of all those intending to attend be paid by mid February.

 

Rochester and Chatham Dickens Fellowship on BBC1

Those who missed (or wish to see again) the episode of The One Show on BBC1 on 17 December featuring members of the Rochester and Chatham Branch of the Fellowship exploring the arrival at Higham station Charles Fechter’s Christmas present for Dickens in 1864 - the link below will take you to the BBC iplayer version for the next 21 days.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04v0t4b/the-one-show-17122014 and 35 minutes from the start of the show you will find the Charles Dickens item.

John Sergeant with members of the Rochester &Chatham Dickens Fellowship inside Eastgate House in Rochester.  (Photo supplied by Sue Haydock and Steve Martin)

Dickens's Postbox Reinstated

Members of the Rochester and Chatham Branch of the Fellowship in full Victorian costume attended the ceremony at Gad’s Hill Place on 10 December to reinstate the postbox used by Dickens to accommodate his voluminous correspondence.

The ceremony was performed by Marion Dickens, the great, great granddaughter of the novelist. Royal Mail will issue a special commemorative postmark on all mail posted from the box in the lead up to Christmas.

The ceremony can be viewed on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTRadMYbYDU&safety_mode=true&persist_saf...

Carrara Branch Members Visit Keats/Shelley Museum

Three members of the Carrara Branch - Marzia Dati, Elena Belligi and Sara Marcuccetti - travelled to Rome and met Dr Giuseppe Albano, the Director of the Keats/Shelley House, for a conducted tour. Giuseppe is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Charles Dickens Museum in London. The party were greatly impressed with the House and its collection and the relationship is to be strengthened in April as Marzia has been invited to give a lecture at the House on the topic of Dickens in Carrara and Tuscany. 

Three Dickens Fellowship Branches Meet in New York

LuncheonThe New York City and Friends of Dickens, New York branches recently co-hosted Sheffield, North of England Branch Vice President Veronica Walker and Gordon Walker at a luncheon in New York. The event was held in a restaurant near Times Square in the Broadway theater district.  The Walkers were visiting the New York area to attend a social engagement and the representatives of the three branches took the opportunity to meet in a relaxing atmosphere and share their experiences with the enjoyment of Dickens' works, his life and times, and the Fellowship. As Veronica Walker remarked "It is such a pleasure to meet and not have to worry about boring anyone with talk about Dickens!" It was indeed an enjoyable time with lively conversation. Attending from the New York branches were Danielle Cammarota, John Galazin, Lorraine Garvilla, Karl Holtzschue, and Mike and Ruthy Rosen.

Broadstairs Dickens Fellowship Welcomes its new President

The 50 plus members of the Broadstairs Branch of the Dickens Fellowship welcomed their new president - Jeffrey Kirkpatrick (third from left) - at a luncheon hosted by The Charles Dickens pub. The retiring President, Professor Malcolm Andrews, handed over the reins. 

Charles Dickens Museum Christmas Programme Announced

Christmas and Dickens are synonymous.  Spend some time this Christmas enjoying one or other of the range of events to celebrate the season at the writers own Bloomsbury home – the Charles Dickens Museum at 48 Doughty Street. The programme begins on Sunday 7th December with a candlelit performance of A Christmas Carol and runs all the way to Christmas Eve. For full details please see the attached. 

North and South Country Weekend a Huge Success

Many congratulations to the New South Wales Dickens Society who, together with the Australian Bronte Association, organised and ran a North and South weekend conference based at the Leura Gardens Resort in the Blue Mountains.  Sixty two attendees enjoyed talks from eminent speakers on the theme of: Dickens – Man from the South; and the Bronte sisters – Women from the North.

The photos show
some of the attendees at the Country Weekend and the speakers, back row, left to right - Susannah Fullerton, Malvina Yock, Jenny Gribble, Catherine Barker, Mandy Swann, Sarah Burns, Louise Owens, Brigitte Lucey - Front, left to right - Annette Harman, Jo Henwood, Michelle Cavanagh

Many thanks for the help provided by the sponsors:  The Dickens Fellowship, Abbey's Bookshop, The Brontë Society, Google, Yorkshire Tea, Juvenilia Press, the Literary Societies of Sydney, and the Worldwide Printing Solutions.

Mapping the Dickens Country

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A Day Symposium on Dickensian Topography

Hosted by The Dickensian, Rochester & Chatham Dickens Fellowship Branch, and Guildhall Museum, Rochester

Saturday 28 March 2015    Guildhall Museum, Rochester
  (The Guildhall is a listed building and we regret that it is not fully accessible for wheelchair users)

What and where is ‘Dickens Country’? How did it come into being?  Is it a real or imaginary geography? You are invited to a day of talks and discussion on Dickensian topography.

This Web Site is dedicated to the late Martha Rosso  (1922 - 2003)

A member of the Philadelphia Branch for over 35 years, Martha Rosso (née Pamplin) was one of the Fellowship's most dynamic and best loved figures. She contributed unstintingly to its business right to the very end of her life. Click here to read more about Martha Rosso.