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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Message from the President

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 geoffrey.dicks@btinternet.com

Brian Johnson Memorial Service

Brian JohnsonA Memorial Service for Brian Johnson, a long-time member of the Fellowship and until his recent death a member of the Management Committee, is to be held at St Thomas' Hospital in London where Brian Johnson worked for 18 years as a porter and then served as volunteer for a further 6. The Memorial Service for Brian to be held in the Chapel at St Thomas' on 07th November 2014 at 13:00 hrs.

New South Wales Dickens Society Country Weekend 31/10-2/11

The NSW Dickens Society in Sydney invites you to join them for a Country Weekend in the beautiful Blue Mountains from 31 October – 2 November. This will be a joint event with the Australian Bronte Association and will be entitled: North and South.  The programme is now complete and is attached. Anyone interested – please contact: nswdickens@gmail.com.

Prison and Punishment in the Age of Dickens

Prison FlyerOn the evening of 3 November there will be a special fundraising talk for the charity Spark Inside at the Royal Society of Medicine.

The Dog in the Dickensian Imagination

Dickens & TurkDr Beryl Gray will will give an illustrated talk to members of the Central Fellowship on The Dog in the Dickensian Imagination to coincide with the publication by Ashgate of her book of the same title.  The talk will be at Lumen, 88 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RS on 11th November at 6.30.

'The Song of the Wreck' by Charles Dickens

In May, Dr Caroline Radcliffe of the University of Birmingham spoke to members of the Central Fellowship on Wilkie Collins' play - The Lighthouse. Caroline played a recording of the Song of the Wreck - the song Dickens introduced in the play for his daughter Mamie to sing. The musicians to be heard in the recording - Philippa Althaus and Steven Teo Rongsheng - have kindly agreed that it can be heard by a wider audience and is now made available, together with an introduction from Caroline by clicking on the link below. The rest of this article can be viewed by clicking "Read More" or clicking the title.

Listen to "The Song of the Wreck"

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.