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Message from the President

Subscribe to The Dickensian and enjoy free access online to all issues from 1905 onwards.


The Dickensian's back issues, from 1905 onwards, are available electronically, and word-searchable, through ProQuest publishers. Individual subscribers to The Dickensian are given complimentary access to these online resources, for personal use only, by application to Geoff Dicks geoffrey.dicks@btinternet.com

A Christmas Carol Postbox Installed

Visitors to the Charles Dickens Museum in Doughty Street can also visit, and use, a postbox painted in traditional bronze green that the Post Office have established nearby in Northington Street. Dickens was an enthusiastic user of the Royal Mail, as his voluminous correspondence and personal postbox at Gad’s Hill testify.

 

'The Chimes' in London and Cardiff

Theatrical productions of ‘A Christmas Carol’ seem to be on stage this Christmas more than ever before.  Its successor – ‘The Chimes’ – is less well known and infrequently performed. An opportunity to see a production occurs over 7th-16th December at St John’s Church, Canton, Cardiff and over 19th-30th December at St. John’s, Waterloo in London. Details can be found via this link - https://thechimes.net/the-story/
 

Reading Great Expectations in Cambridge

On Sunday 28th January there will be an afternoon devoted to: Reading Great Expectations’ at the Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Cambridge. Members of the Dickens Fellowship can book for the event at the student rate of £45. https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/reading-great-expectations/

Charles Dickens and the Spirit of Christmas in New York

 3 November 2017 – 14 January 2018

For the first time ever, manuscripts of all five of Dickens’s Christmas books are to be displayed together at the Pierpont Morgan Museum in New York. Further details can be accessed here: http://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/charles-dickens-and-the-spirit-of-c...  

Carrara Conference A Huge Success

Many thanks to the members of the Carrara Branch of the Fellowship whose hard work made the conference in their beautiful city such a huge success. Following are some highlight photos of the event. Additional photos from the even can be viewed at https://goo.gl/photos/cZURNSpuRNBCkj6F6 courtesy of Michelle Cavanagh from the New South Wales Branch.


Marzia Dati, President of the host Carrara Branch, addressing the Gala Dinner at the beautiful

Studi d’arte Cave Michelangelo.


Professor Francesca Orestano of the University of Milan speaking to members of Dickens’s

experiences in Carrara at the conference venue – the Chamber of Commerce.


Conference delegates enjoy the sunshine at the photographic exhibition at the Palazzo Binelli.


Gerald Dickens and the winning student in the essay completion at the Teatro Garibaldi.


Delegates prepare to be entertained by the Opera Concert at the Duomo di Sant’ Andrea.


Marzia Dati introducing the opera performance.


Aprile Millo accompanied by Inseon Lee at the piano.


Two delegates and the ‘Founder of the Feast’ in the grounds of the Palazzo Binelli.

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This Web Site is dedicated to the late Martha Rosso  (1922 - 2003)

A member of the Philadelphia Branch for over 35 years, Martha Rosso (née Pamplin) was one of the Fellowship's most dynamic and best loved figures. She contributed unstintingly to its business right to the very end of her life. Click here to read more about Martha Rosso.