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)
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