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Dickens Fellowship Conference 2016 in Aberdeen


The annual conference of the Dickens Fellowship will take place at the University of Aberdeen over the period Wednesday 20th – Monday 25th July.  Further details and an opportunity to book for the event can be found via the link:

For those who would prefer to book alternative accommodation, please see the documents below.

  1. Accomodations
  2. Alternative accommodation providers
Please book early if you intend to attend as places are limited.
Anyone with questions or experiencing problems booking should contact CPD Services


Alan S. Watts - deceased

Alan S. WattsThe Dickens Fellowship is very sorry to inform members of the death on Sunday 1st May of Alan S. Watts. Alan was in his 97th year.  Alan was a previous Honorary General Secretary of the Fellowship (1976-1990) and served as President 1990-1992. Alan and his wife Marjorie, who pre-deceased him, were tireless workers for the Fellowship and were known to many members worldwide. Among Alan’s publications, Dickens at Gad’s Hill (1989) will be best known to members.Our condolences go to Alan’s daughter Fleur.   

New South Wales Dickens Society Chosen to Host 2018 Dickens Fellowship Conference

The DF Council have chosen Sydney, New South Wales as the venue for the 2018 Conference. Congratulations to the NSW Dickens Society on this success.  Sydney will follow Aberdeen (2016) and Carrara (2017).  The conference theme will be Boz in Oz: Charles Dickens’ Colonial Connections.  The dates for the diary are Thursday 25 October – Tuesday 30 October.

Dickens Day 2016 – Call for Papers


The theme of this year’s Dickens Day at the University of London is: Heritage, Celebration and Anniversaries. An appropriate theme as the event on Saturday 8th October will be the 30th anniversary of the first Dickens Day which, in 1986, celebrated the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Pickwick Papers.  A call for papers has been issued and can be accessed via the link below.

Dickens Exhibition at the University of Aberdeen

The LeopardThose attending the 110th annual conference of the Dickens Fellowship at the University of Aberdeen during 20-25 July will have a rare opportunity to see an exhibition of first editions of all Dickens’s novels in the University Library. It is believed that this is the first time that such a complete collection of first editions has been assembled and displayed together in one place.  For further details please read the attached article that recently appeared in the March issue of the magazine Leopard.


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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.