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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

Special Lecture for all Bronte and Dickens enthusiasts

The Australian Bronte Association and the New South Wales Dickens Society are delighted to announce the forthcoming visit to Sydney of Associate Professor Sara Pearson, a Canadian expert on the Brontës, from Trinity Western University, British Columbia.

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. 

Broadstairs Branch Visit Gads Hill Place

21 members of the Broadstairs Branch met on Saturday morning 1st November and set off on a trip to visit Gads Hill Place.

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

Mapping the Dickens Country


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.

'The Song of the Wreck' by Charles Dickens

In May, Dr Caroline Radcliffe of the University of Birmingham spoke to members of the Central Fellowship on Wilkie Collins' play - The Lighthouse. Caroline played a recording of the Song of the Wreck - the song Dickens introduced in the play for his daughter Mamie to sing. The musicians to be heard in the recording - Philippa Althaus and Steven Teo Rongsheng - have kindly agreed that it can be heard by a wider audience and is now made available, together with an introduction from Caroline by clicking on the link below. The rest of this article can be viewed by clicking "Read More" or clicking the title.

Listen to "The Song of the Wreck"


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.