The new Drood Inquiry group will hold a one-day conference in September, "allowing the opportunity to consider Edwin Drood afresh, not purely as a puzzle to be solved but as a work of literature to be analysed and celebrated in its own right." Cloisterham Tales has more information!
The 2014 Dickens Fellowship Conference will be held in Chicago, July 16-21. If you're interested in going, you need to get your $200 non-refundable deposit in by Saturday, February 15. Here's the page where you can find the forms to fill out (there's one for singles and one for couples), and here's some more information on the conference.
I just had to add this one from the Daily Mail, captioned "Three of Charles Dickens['s] great great great grandchildren, siblings Tom Dickens 15, Lydia Dickens 14 and Oliver Dickens 9 take a selfie with their ancestor's new statue in Portsmouth today."
(Image copyright Matt Scott-Joynt/M and Y News Agency Ltd)
There was much celebrating in Portsmouth today, as the city's favorite son finally had his new statue, by Martin Jennings, unveiled on his birthday! Members of the Dickens family and the Dickens Fellowship were on hand for the festivities, along with actors Edward Fox and Joanna David. BBC News has the story and some great photos, including a lovely one of the writer's great-great-great-grandon, Oliver (yes, Oliver!) sitting on his lap.
Award-winning mystery writer Sara Paretsky will give a talk called "Trailing after Dickens" at the St. Charles Public Library in St. Charles, Illinois, on January 23. The Chicago Tribune has the details.
The "What the Dickens?" festival in Orlando, Florida, features "202 event days celebrating his 202nd birthday." Events include plays, movie screenings, art exhibits, games, and more! Go here and here to read all about it.