Celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens

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Dickens on the BBC

UK and International

November 2011 - February 2012

From 28 November to February 2012, the BBC will celebrate the work of one of Britain’s greatest writers with Dickens on the BBC, a season of documentary, drama and discussion programmes across television and radio. From a bold new three-part adaptation of Great Expectations for BBC One to the completion of Dickens’ unfinished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood by writer Gwyneth Hughes on BBC Two and Life-long Dickens fan Armando Iannucci reviewing the development of a revolutionary master story-teller.

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Dickens Reading Group

Charles Dickens Museum

The Charles Dickens Museum is the atmospheric venue for a new reading group set up to explore the work of Dickens and his contemporaries. The sessions will be led by Dr Jane Gibney, who teaches at Royal Holloway, University of London and on Wisconsin University's London programme. She has also had extensive experience of leading adult literary classes and reading groups. The first twelve-week session will begin on Thursday, 17 February 2011

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Dickens Fellowship Annual Conference 2011

University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Dickens loved to travel visiting Europe and America as well as travelling extensively around Great Britain. Dickens talked about visiting New Zealand but never made it. Our conference is an opportunity for all to be part of a Dickensian adventure. Come and join us Down Under, in Aotearoa.

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City Dickens Day

Leadenhall Market, London (UK)

A special open event held in and around Leadenhall Market around two subjects that dominate City life and are vividly described in Dickens’s novels: food and money.

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Dickens and Kent conference

Canterbury (UK)

A small conference dedicated to exploring the relationship between Charles Dickens and the region of Kent in the South East of England. The conference will be organised by the local branch of The Dickens Fellowship and held in the precincts of Canterbury Cathedral.

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Set in the beautiful grounds of Kent's Rochester Castle, overlooking the River Medway and just a few steps from Rochester's picture-postcard Victorian High Street, the market will open from Wednesday to Sunday over four weekends.

Come along and enjoy a truly festive atmosphere with the Castle walls illuminated in traditional Christmas colours, trees filled with twinkling fairy lights. The smell of roasted chestnuts and glühwein fills the air amongst an array of wonderful German-style Christmas market huts selling a range of Christmas gifts, hand-crafted goods and festive fayre. In addition to all of this, street entertainers and Dickensian characters mingle amongst the revellers, whilst bands and carol singers entertain visitors to the market.

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The Museum Strauhof in Zurich, which specialises in literary history, will dedicate an exhibition to Charles Dickens’s life and work. 'The Mysteries of Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870)' traces Dickens's biography and, using numerous film and audio clips, gives life to his inimitable voice. Also illuminated are the many mysteries that are abundant in the life of this author as well as his work. 

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David Copperfield

Playhouse Theatre, 104 High Street, Whitstable, Kent (UK)

A play by Matthew Francis adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens. Charles Dickens’s semi-autobiographical novel is brought vividly to life in this colourful and fast moving adaptation. Full of energy and vitality, the play chronicles young David’s journey from happy infancy through brutality, adversity, friendships won and lost, to mature love and contentment. Of all his novels, Dickens loved this the best and the play reflects that love and provides a memorable theatrical experience. This production will celebrate the bicentenary of Charles Dickens and the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Playhouse theatre. It is also the Lindley Players entry in the Kent Full Length Play Festival. The play is directed by Peter Hunt.

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Dickens Community Archive Project

Portsmouth (UK)


Engaging people with city's archives to explore some of the issues that Dickens addressed through his novels, this project in the town of Dickens’s birth will culminate in an exhibition at the City Museum alongside Dickens's original manuscripts.

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Dickens on Screen

Across the UK

Throughout 2012

Dickens on Screen will be the largest retrospective ever staged of film & TV works based on or inspired by Charles Dickens. The season will premiere at the BFI Southbank in London in January 2012 and will embark on a national and international tour thereafter.

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