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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

Birthday Dinner 2017

Tuesday 7 February 2017 marks the 205th anniversary of Charles Dickens’s birth. The London Birthday Dinner will be held on that evening in The Prince’s Room in the headquarters of the British Medical Association in Tavistock Square, London, shown here on the right.
BMA House stands on the site of Tavistock House, Charles Dickens’s home from 1851 to 1860. Dickens paid £1542 to the artist Frank Stone on 25 July 1851. Whilst living at Tavistock House Dickens wrote Bleak House (1852-3), Hard Times (1854), Little Dorrit (1855-7), and A Tale of Two Cities (1859). He converted the large schoolroom in the house into ‘The Smallest Theatre in the World’ and it was there that the first performances of Wilkie Collins’s play The Frozen Deep were performed in 1857. In 1858, while living at Tavistock House Dickens separated from Catherine. In 1856 he bought Gads Hill Place in Kent, but he did not sell the lease for Tavistock House until August 1860.Dickens’s home is on the right in this contemporary photograph. (shown on the left).
Tavistock House was demolished in 1901, though parts of the walls of the house as known by Dickens do survive and will be available for viewing. Work began on the current building in 1911 with the BMA taking it over after the First World War. It was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and formally opened by King George V and Queen Mary on 13 July 1925.
The principal guest at the Birthday Dinner will be Professor Jerry White, the celebrated London historian, who has recently published Mansions of Misery about the history of the Marshalsea Prison; he will propose the toast to the Immortal Memory. The toast to the Dickens Fellowship will be proposed by Dr Nicholas Cambridge with a response by former Fellowship President, Professor Jenny Hartley.
The 2017 Birthday Dinner offers Dickensians the very special chance to celebrate Dickens’s birthday in splendid surroundings on the site of his former home. Early booking is advisable since places will be limited.

Rochester & Chatham Branch Raise Funds To Restore Dickens's Chalet

Members of the Rochester & Chatham Branch of the Fellowship attended the recent performance in Ashford of Gerald Dickens’s one-man Dickens show. In addition to enjoying the show, they took the opportunity to fund raise on behalf of the Dickens Chalet which needs plenty of TLC. Anyone who would be interested in supporting the appeal may wish to buy the booklet on the chalet produced by the Branch.  Please see the item in Household Words. (Photo by David),

Dickens Fellowship President visits Carrara Branch

Dr Tony Williams, President of the Dickens Fellowship, visited the Carrara Branch in November to address members of the Branch on the topic of the attraction of Italy to Victorians from Britain. Tony will have visited every Branch of the Fellowship in Britain and mainland Europe before the term of his presidency expires in July at the annual conference.

Percy Fitzgerald Award to members of The New South Wales Dickens Society

At the NSW Dickens Society meeting held on Saturday 13 August the Percy Fitzgerald Award was presented to both Chester Porter QC and his wife Jean by Society President Louise Owens.  This was to mark many years of dedicated service by both to the Society. Congratulations to Chester and Jean.

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Biography of Cedric Charles Dickens published

Cedric Charles Dickens2016 marks the centenary of the birth of Cedric Charles Dickens (1916-2006). Cedric was the great-grandson of Charles Dickens, being the grandson of Sir Henry Fielding Dickens.  Cedric was twice President of the Dickens Fellowship (1964-66) and (1988), founder of the Dickens Pickwick Club (still going strong) and author of (amongst other works) Drinking with Dickens and Dining with Dickens.

To mark the centenary of Cedric’s birth a biography of him has been published, written by Jane Monk (Cedric’s daughter) and Marion Lloyd (nee Dickens).  The book is hard backed and consists of 240 pages with many interesting photos of Cedric during his long and varied life. The price is £15 and it can be obtained from the Charles Dickens Museum in Doughty Street London via this link:’ http://dickensmuseum.com/collections/bestsellers/products/my-life-cedric...

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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.