Throughout December the town of Malton in North Yorkshire will be celebrating Charles Dickens with Victorian street theatre, music, food, dance, horse and carriage rides, celebrity performances and talks. Miriam Margolyes is headlining and other participants include Michael Slater and Lucinda Hawksley.
The Victorian Society alert us to the threat of destruction still facing the Cleveland Street workhouse which featured prominently in Dr Ruth Richardson's 2012 work Dickens and the Workhouse. A petition is circulating in an attempt to save the site and the link below will take you to it
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)
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
On 7 February the DVD of the critically aclaimed West End production of Great Expectations is released exactly one year after it was filmed and screened in cinemas across the the UK. It was then released globally over 600 sites. The adaption starred Jack Ellis (Jaggers), Chris Ellison (Magwitch), Paula Wilcox (Miss Havisham) and introduced Taylor Jay-Davies as Young Pip.
Dickens World at Chatham Maritime, Kent have introduced a new attraction - the Grand Tour. Instead of the former free flow, visitors now must book for a guided tour conducted by professional actors which will offer an educational yet funny and interactive experience.
Another change - Ticket prices are reduced to £5.50 (adults and children). Tickets must be booked in advance, at least 48 hours before arrival, either online www.dickensworld.co.uk or phone 0844 858 6656
Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability is holding its very first Heritage Open Day on Tuesday 19 February and unique items from the Hospital's archive will be on display. Charles Dickens was instrumental in setting up the charity, then called the Royal Hospital for Incurables, and the text of an 1857 speech by Dickens will be on display.
The Heritage Open Day takes place in the De Lancey Lowe Room at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, West Hill, Putney London SW15 3SW, from 11am-4pm.
Guided tours of the Victorian building will take place at 12.30pm and 3pm.