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Message from the President

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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

Percy Fitzgerald Award for Margaret Pay

Margaret PayPresident of the Southend Branch of the Dickens Fellowship, Alison Whitby, presents the Percy Fitzgerald Award to branch stalwart Margaret Pay at the meeting of the Branch on 20th September.  Margaret has been a member of the Southend Branch for over 25 years, serving as Branch Treasurer for 20 years and has had sole responsibility for the preparation of the Branch reading scripts which have formed an integral part of the Branch’s activities for 15 years.  Margaret has also served as President of the Branch.
The Percy Fitzgerald Award was inaugurated in 2002 to acknowledge the work undertaken throughout the Fellowship by volunteers who work tirelessly to support their Branch. Fitzgerald (1834-1925) wrote for Household Words and became a friend of Dickens after meeting him in Dublin in 1858. Fitzgerald was also a sculptor and an example of his work may be seen in Waterhouse Square in Furnival’s Inn where his bust of Dickens is on display. In 1902 Fitzgerald became the first President of the Dickens Fellowship.   

Charles Dickens and the Spirit of Christmas in New York

 3 November 2017 – 14 January 2018

For the first time ever, manuscripts of all five of Dickens’s Christmas books are to be displayed together at the Pierpont Morgan Museum in New York. Further details can be accessed here:  

Carrara Conference A Huge Success

Many thanks to the members of the Carrara Branch of the Fellowship whose hard work made the conference in their beautiful city such a huge success. Following are some highlight photos of the event. Additional photos from the even can be viewed at courtesy of Michelle Cavanagh from the New South Wales Branch.

Marzia Dati, President of the host Carrara Branch, addressing the Gala Dinner at the beautiful

Studi d’arte Cave Michelangelo.

Professor Francesca Orestano of the University of Milan speaking to members of Dickens’s

experiences in Carrara at the conference venue – the Chamber of Commerce.

Conference delegates enjoy the sunshine at the photographic exhibition at the Palazzo Binelli.

Gerald Dickens and the winning student in the essay completion at the Teatro Garibaldi.

Delegates prepare to be entertained by the Opera Concert at the Duomo di Sant’ Andrea.

Marzia Dati introducing the opera performance.

Aprile Millo accompanied by Inseon Lee at the piano.

Two delegates and the ‘Founder of the Feast’ in the grounds of the Palazzo Binelli.



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.