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Gerald Dickens performs in Ashford in Kent

Geral DickensGerald Dickens is bringing his one man show based upon his eminent ancestors readings to Ashford in Kent.A poster is attached. Tickets can be booked by visiting the website

This will also be one of the last chances for people to see Gerald perform before he heads off on his annual USA tour and it’s a super bill with Sikes and Nancy plus the Signalman all performed in the unique setting of St Mary the Virgin Church in the heart of Ashford, just 40 mins from London ( nearest station is Ashford International and a 10 minute walk from the station) and as an added bonus there is free parking too just a 5 minute walk away from the venue 

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:’

Dickens Day University of London Saturday 8 October 2016

DickensFree TradeBooking is now open for this year's Dickens Day at the University of London. The theme will be: Heritage, Celebrations and Anniversaries.

Dramatized readings from The Frozen Deep will be featured.

Here is the URL for further information on the programme and how to book.

Aberdeen Conference A Huge Success

Aberdeen ConferenceMany thanks to the members of the Aberdeen Dickens Fellowship who hosted a highly enjoyable and successful annual conference 20-25 July.

Many thanks too to all who enlightened and entertained us: Emily Bowles, Dr Christine Corton, Gerald Dickens, Professor John Drew, Gordon Hay, Kevin McMahon, James Naughtie, Professor Lillian Nayder, Dr Jeremy Parrott, Ian Rankin, Dr Paul Schlicke, Professor Michael Slater MBE, Professor Grahame Smith, Jim Smith, Derek Stewart, Drew Tulloch, Katherine Williams, Roger B. Williams and Dr Tony Williams.

The photo (courtesy of Emily Bowles) shows the audience gathering in the Arts Lecture Theatre for the conversation between James Naughtie and Ian Rankin about Bleak House.

A report of events and more pictures can be found on the host branch’s website -

The Locksmith of London

The Locksmith of LondonCongratulations to DF member Eileen Norris, an indefatigable enthusiast for one of Dickens’s less popular novels – ‘Barnaby Rudge’, whose adaptation of the book for the stage has now been published in paperback.

The Amazon link to it and the existing kindle version is:-



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.