Ms Evgenia Amey seeks assistance in completing her Master’s Thesis project. Evgenia is completing a Master’s Degree in Tourism Studies at the University of Lapland in Finland and her thesis focuses on the experiences of tourists from the UK whose main motivation to travel to a certain place comes from fictional literature and for whom a literary visit has personal significance. If you are from the United Kingdom, and are willing to share your experiences – please contact Evgenia by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) before 01 January 2015.
On Christmas Eve, December 24th in Hyde Park, London 'Everyone's Carol' hope to host free benefit readings of scenes from Dickens's ' Christmas Carol'. Funds raised will benefit Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, the Charles Dickens Museum and Everyone's Carol.
Guildhall Library, London is holding a festive reading of 'The Chimes' on Tuesday 16 December 11am - 3pm. Volunteers will each read a section of the story. The event will be launched by Lucinda Hawksley, author and great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens. Mince pies will be available in the interval (12.30-1.30pm)
Medway Council in Kent are offering coach tours of local Dickens related places. Tours start and finish in historic Rochester and include the villages of Cobham and Cooling, Cobham Hall and Gad's Hill Place.
Tours last two and half hours and run every weekend from Saturday 15 November until Sunday 21 December 2014. Tickets £10 adults, £7.50 concessions/child and include mulled wine and mince pie at the start of the tour.
Members of Rochester & Chatham Branch will be assisting the tour at Gads Hill Place.
9 December - 3 January London theatre Trafalgar Studios is showing a double bill of new productions based on Dickens's writings. Linda Marlowe stars in the London run of the Edinburgh Fringe success 'Miss Havisham's Expectations' and James Swanton stars in 'Sikes and Nancy'
The Discovering Literature section of the British Library website has interesting material on Charles Dickens. It includes articles and illustrations based on the collections at the B.L. www.bl.uk/people/charles-dickens or follow link on the Fellowship website (under Useful Links on left hand side of home page)
This summer the National Literacy Trust launched the Books about Town campaign to promote reading for enjoyment www.booksabouttown.org.uk. You may have seen benches on display in London Bridge / Bloomsbury / City / Greenwich areas.
The paintings that Dickens was familiar with in Rochester Guildhall, and which he has Pip describe in Great Expectations as: ‘shining black portraits on the walls, which my unartistic eye regarded as a composition of hardbake and sticking-plaister’ feature in a brief BBC news item that can be accessed below. Professor Cathy Waters of the University of Kent provides the commentary. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-21609238
On Tuesday 2nd September at 20.30 BBC 4 will broadcast a thirty minute programme: The Secret World of Books - Great Expectations. Steve Martin from the Rochester and Chatham Branch advised on local film locations and escorted the Producer and Director Ben Ryder around Medway for a day - providing details about Charles Dickens as we went. One of the many locations used was Gad’s Hill Place.