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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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

112th International Dickens Fellowship Conference "Boz in Oz"

Charles Dickens would have been 206 this year and to celebrate his birthday, NSW State Librarian, Dr John Vallance, joined us at the Dickens statue at Centennial Parklands, toasted Dickens and opened the 112th International Dickens Fellowship Conference.

The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/feb/07/miss-havisham-a-sydneyside...

The conference will be take place 25 – 30 October, 2018 at The Pullman Hyde Park in Sydney. There are many, many highlights with great speakers (think Tom Keneally AO, David Hunt, Susannah Fullerton OAM FRSN and Dr Cindy Sughrue OBE just to name a few!). There are many wonderful events including a talk about the Dickens statue on site, harbour side Writers’ Walk and a display of original Dickens material at the State Library of NSW where you could take the opportunity to look at their newly opened galleries. The NSW State Librarian will give a talk at the opening of the display and will host a Dickens trivia evening. The real piece de résistance is the Banquet at Vaucluse House with a bespoke menu inspired by Catherine Dickens’ What Shall We Have for Dinner?

The conference website is now online at: www.bozinoz.com

Click on the picture on the right for a downloadable brochure and booking form.

Commemoration of Dickens's Baptism in Portsmouth

 

On Sunday 4 March at 10.30 a.m. there will be a service at St Alban’s Church, Copnor Road, Portsmouth to commemorate the baptism of Charles Dickens on 4 March 1812. There will be readings at the font Dickens was baptised at when it stood in St Mary’s Church in the city.

The photo shows the font and Father Philip Jones at the service in 2015 and is courtesy of the Portsmouth News.

 

Pittsburgh Branch Toasts Dickens - 2018

The Pittsburgh Branch toasted Dickens’ birthday at their monthly luncheon with Branch President, Joe Chester, presenting his talk on “Dickens and the Historians”, a discussion of various historical accounts of the French Revolution and their relationship to this year’s book, A Tale of Two Cities.

Patrons of the Dickens Fellowship Announced

The Dickens Fellowship is delighted to announce that three Patrons of the Fellowship have been appointed.  All three – Miriam Margolyes, Simon Callow and Mark Dickens – are well known for their love of Charles Dickens and the work they have done on behalf of the Charles Dickens Museum.  We are very grateful for their interest in, and support for, the Fellowship. For further information, please follow this link. http://www.dickensfellowship.org/patrons-dickens-fellowship

Dickens's Birthday Celebrated in Tavistock Square

Dickens’s 206th birthday was celebrated by Fellowship branches worldwide. In London the Birthday Dinner was held on Wednesday 7th February at the BMA in Tavistock Square – the site of Dickens’s home 1851-60. The Fellowship were delighted to welcome Professor John Carey, emeritus Merton Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, to propose the toast of ‘The Immortal Memory.’  In the photograph, courtesy of Dr Nicholas Cambridge, Dickens looks on approvingly.    

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.