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.
Brett Janes, a MA student in Liverpool has compiled a list in chronological order of the opening and closing lines of Dickens's novels and Christmas stories. The list is accessible via the link below and he invites you to vote for your favourite one of each
A survey of 2000 British adults was commissioned to mark the screening of Great Expectations on TV channel Drama and asked respondents to select their most haunting characters in British literature. Miss Havisham tops the list of the most haunting female and Heathcliff tops the male list.
Drama www.dramachannel.tv (Sky166, Virgin 190, Freeview 20) will be showing Great Expectations (2011) with Gillian Anderson playing Miss Havisham on Sunday 25 May at 6pm and repeated on Monday 26 May at 4pm
In 2012 a first edition of A Christmas Carol, with a dedication from the author to Mrs Charles Smithson the widow of Dickens’s solicitor friend, came up for auction in New York. The Smithson’s home was in the market town of Malton in North Yorkshire. Thanks largely to the initiative of journalist, broadcaster and local resident Selina Scott, sufficient funds were raised to purchase the book and return it to Malton.