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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

Walking in the Dead of Night: Dickens’ Nocturnal London

London nightProfessor Matthew Beaumont will speak at the Centre For Victorian Studies on the topic of 'Walking in the Dead of Night: Dickens' Nocturnal London'.

Professor Beaumont will consider the overnight walk that Pip takes from Miss Havisham's house to his lodgings in London and proceed by reconstructing Dickens's compulsive habit of walking at night; exploring aspects of the meaning of the city at night for Dickens and examining his essay 'Nightwalks' and the political as well as psychological implications of the understanding of 'houselessness' it evinces.

Matthew Beaumont is a Professor of English Literature at UCL. He is the author of Utopia Ltd.: Ideologies of Social Dreaming in England, 1870-1900 (2005), The Spectre of Utopia: Utopian and Science Fictions at the Fin de Siecle (2012), and, most recently, Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London (2015). He is also the co-author, with Terry Eagleton, of The Task of the Critic: Terry Eagleton in Dialogue (2009). Among other essay collections, he has co-edited Restless Cities (2010) and G.K. Chesterton, London and Modernity (2013). He is a Co-Director of UCL’s Urban Lab.

Dickens and the Punch Brotherhood

PunchTo celebrate the 175th anniversary of the publication of the first issue of Punch, Helen Walasek will talk to members of the Fellowship about Dickens and the members of the Punch Brotherhood on Tuesday 25th October at Lumen URC, 88 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RS.

The image on the right appeared in Punch in 1848 and shows two of Dickens Punch friends W.M. Thackeray and Douglas Jerrold. The cartoon was drawn by Thackeray and reveals his concern about the radical reputation that the magazine had established.

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:’

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 -


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.