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

Two New Branches Welcomed To The Dickens Fellowship

At the meeting of the Council of the Dickens Fellowship on Saturday 5th April, two further branches were awarded charters and welcomed into the Fellowship. They become the 55th and 56th branches of the Fellowship worldwide.

Montreal had a very active branch of the Fellowship from 1909-1963. In February 2012 a putative branch was re-formed in the city under the dynamic leadership of Ellen Clavier. Further information can be found on the branch's excellent website:

Annual Conference 2014 Chicago,IL USA

The full programme for the 2014 conference, to be hosted by the Chicago Branch, has now been published.  The conference will run from Wednesday 16th – Monday 21st July. Full details of the varied and exciting programme of talks, stage performances and visits are attached.  The conference is to be based at the Lake Shore Campus of Loyola University (pictured). Links to the booking forms are available at the bottom of this page as is a complete informational flyer in pdf format.

Potential Conference attendees should note that the deadline for payment of the final balance is 24th May 2014.

To avoid any misunderstanding, any one attending any conference event (campus or other) must send a booking form with check or credit card. 
No one may pay at the door.  Loyola requires the names of all attendees by June 1.



Public Reading of The Bastille Prisoner

BastilleOn Saturday 18th January the Dickens Fellowship part sponsored a public reading of The Bastille Prisoner at the Sorbonne University in Paris. Dickens prepared this reading version of A Tale of Two Cities but never actually performed it.  Mark Dickens, great, great grandson of the novelist, and immediate past President of the Fellowship, gave the first public reading – appropriately, in Paris. 

Dickens and Conviviality - Call For Papers

The annual Dickens Day at Senate House, London, will take place on Saturday 11 October 2014.  The subject will be: Dickens and Conviviality. 

Proposals for twenty minute papers are now called for from all scholars, academics, students and enthusiasts. The deadline for receipt of proposals is 31 May 2014.

Dickens Day, now in its 28th year, is looking at how conviviality features in Dickens’s life and work. Dickens’s works are famously convivial, depicting sociability in myriad forms: from the famously boozy Pickwick Papers, through the Cratchits’ festive celebrations in A Christmas Carol, to the miserable family gatherings of Martin Chuzzlewit and Great Expectations, and the skewering of upper-class social pretensions in the later novels.Dickens’s works were famous from the outset for their humour and good cheer, and Dickens was himself famously convivial and sociable. Yet, Dickens was also a chronicler of the flipside of bonhomie, exploring loneliness, isolation, poverty and want, and the feelings of inadequacy, anxiety and exclusion that may lurk beneath conviviality.
Join us for a day of papers and readings at this famously convivial event, now approaching its third decade. We extend a warm welcome to scholars and academics, students, enthusiasts, members of the Dickens Fellowship and Dickensians of all stripes.
We warmly invite proposals for 20-minute papers from scholars of all backgrounds and career stages. Please send proposals (maximum 500 words) to Bethan Carney, Holly Furneaux and Ben Winyard at, and

Pickwickian Endeavours – The First Bi-Annual North American Dickens Conference

The North of Boston Branch of the Dickens Fellowship will host the first three-day Bi-Annual Dickens Conference, entitled Pickwickian Endeavours, over 26-28 September 2014. The venue will be Salem State University, Salem, MA. 

Call For Conference Papers - The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Solutions and Resolutions

Drood InquiryThe Victorian Popular Fiction Association have issued a call for papers for a one-day conference on – The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Solutions and Resolutions.  The Conference is to take place at Senate House, the University of London, on Saturday 20 September 2014.  The deadline for proposals to be received is 31 May. For further information please see the attached.

Charles Dickens Primary Awards for 2014

This logo was created for us by Mick Manning and Brita GranströmDetails of the Charles Dickens Primary Awards for 2014 have now been announced.  Primary schools are invited to participate in the competition which is sponsored by the Dickens Fellowship and the English Association. The award is the successor to the More Dickens Primary Competition held in 2012.

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.