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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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

Dickens Fellowship Conference 2016 in Aberdeen

BOOKINGS NOW BEING TAKEN

The annual conference of the Dickens Fellowship will take place at the University of Aberdeen over the period Wednesday 20th – Monday 25th July.  Further details and an opportunity to book for the event can be found via the link: http://dickensaberdeen2016.co.uk/

For those who would prefer to print off and post their booking form, or who would prefer to book alternative accommodation, please see the documents below.

  1. Accomodations
  2. Accomodations Form
  3. Postal Registration Form
Please book early if you intend to attend as places are limited.
 
Anyone with questions or experiencing problems booking should contact CPD Services cpdservices@abdn.ac.uk

 

Dickens’s Birthday Celebrated in Sydney by the New South Wales Dickens Society

On Sunday 7th February 2016 some thirty members and friends gathered under sunny skies in Centennial Park to celebrate the 204th birthday of Dickens at his statue. Michelle Cavanagh welcomed guests at what was her final official engagement as President, reminding those present that the NSW Dickens Society will be holding a Dickens on Holiday Country Weekend next year in Gerringong on the NSW South Coast.  

Michelle then introduced NSWDS founding member Susannah Fullerton who gave a fascinating talk on Dickens, his statue, and her feelings on what he might have thought of his memorial. How fortunate we are as a literary society dedicated to Dickens to have his statue right here in Sydney!

Catherine Barker spoke about the 2017 Dickens Fellowship International Conference to be held in Carrara, Italy where the marble for Dickens statue came from. As has become the tradition now, our Liaison Officer Geoff Usher gave his very popular reading of two of Henry Lawson’s poems about Dickens.

This was followed by the singing of Happy Birthday, the cutting of the birthday cake and a champagne toast to our favourite author.

Rochester and Chatham Branch participate in National Storytelling Week

The Society for Storytelling’s 16th  National Storytelling Week took place between 30th January and 6th of February. At the invitation of Friston House staff, members from the Rochester and Chatham Branch of the Dickens Fellowship visited their Care Home in Rochester. Twelve volunteers, all wearing Victorian costumes, attended in two groups on the afternoons of 1st and 2nd February. They gave readings to residents from The Seven Poor Travelers, The Pickwick Papers, The Old Curiosity Shop, Martin Chuzzlewit, A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist. They also visited bed-bound residents and socialised with others over afternoon tea and cake.

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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.