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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

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 -

The Locksmith of London

The Locksmith of LondonCongratulations to DF member Eileen Norris, an indefatigable enthusiast for one of Dickens’s less popular novels – ‘Barnaby Rudge’, whose adaptation of the book for the stage has now been published in paperback.

The Amazon link to it and the existing kindle version is:-


Commemoration of Dickens's Death

Dicken's GraveThe annual commemoration of Dickens’s death on 9th June 1870 took place at his grave in Westminster Abbey.  Mme Janine Watrin from Boulogne laid the wreath on behalf of the Fellowship, whilst two pupils from Gad’s Hill School also laid a wreath.  Many thanks to Canon Jane Sinclair for conducting the excellent service and to the Dean and Chapter of the Abbey for facilitating it.   

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.