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.
Louisa Price, recently appointed Curator at the Charles Dickens Museum in Doughty Street, has informed us of the opening of the Suzannet Research Library at the Museum.The Suzannet Research Library will be open to researchers by appointment 10.30-12.30pm and 1.30-3.30pm under the supervision of the curator who can be contacted on Louisa.email@example.com or on the main museum line 020 7405 2127.
The Dickens Fellowship of New York will hold a walking tour of the Downtown Manhattan locations Dickens visited in 1842. The tour and talk will be accompanied by period drawings/photographs and quotes from Dickens's American Notes and contemporary newspaper accounts. A luncheon at a Wall Street area pub will follow.