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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 geoffrey.dicks@btinternet.com

Members visit the site of Horsemonger Lane Gaol

gaolOn Saturday 13 August members of the Dickens Fellowship were led on a tour of the Borough area of South London by former President of the Fellowship Dr Tony Williams. The photograph shows members in Newington Gardens, site of Horsemonger Lane Gaol, where on 13 November 1849 he attended the public execution of Maria and Frederick Manning for murder. Maria was to be recalled in the portrait of the murderess Hortense in Bleak House. Members from the North East of England and New York were in attendance. Photo courtesy of Janet Recknell-Turner.

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: http://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/charles-dickens-and-the-spirit-of-c...  

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 https://goo.gl/photos/cZURNSpuRNBCkj6F6 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.

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Charles Dickens Rose planted at Gad's Hill

Dickens RoseMembers of the Rochester & Chatham Branch of the Dickens Fellowship who are also tour guides at Gad’s Hill, together with Marion Lloyd a direct descendant of Charles Dickens, are photographed planting a Charles Dickens rose in the grounds of Dickens’s final home.   

Janet Parker Honoured With Award of Percy Fitzgerald Award

Janet ParkerLong serving Secretary of the York Branch, Janet Parker, received the Percy Fitzgerald award from the incoming President of the Fellowship, Professor John Bowen at a recent Branch meeting. The Percy Fitzgerald Award is designed to honour those members without whose tireless efforts the Fellowship would not exist. Janet certainly deserves her award after thirty year’s service to the Branch.

Many thanks to Branch member Brian Oxberry for the photo.  

Centenary of Georgina Hogarth's Death Commemorated

Georgina Hogarth MemorialGeorgina Hogarth MemorialOn 17th April the centenary of the death of Dickens’s devoted and much loved sister-in-law, Georgina Hogarth, was commemorated at her grave in Mortlake Old Cemetery.

Head of the Dickens’ family, Mark Dickens, and Professor Christine Skelton of Birmingham University who is researching a new biography of Georgina, spoke about her life both in the Dickens household and following the death of Dickens. Dr Tony Williams, President of the Dickens Fellowship, laid the wreath.

Very near the grave lies the monument commemorating Charles Dickens Junior and his wife Bessie.

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.