The Oxford's World Classics Reading Group is tackling Great Expectations as its third book. Go here to find out how to join in!And go here to read group leader and Dickens biographer Robert Douglas-Fairhurst's introduction to the novel, in which he writes: "It’s hard not to be fond of a novel that so perfectly reflects its author’s restless, rummaging imagination."
Actor and broadcaster Gabriel Woolf will appear at the Eastbourne Arts Circle in Eastbourne, East Sussex, England, on July 12, to talk about "A Dickens of a Year": Charles Dickens's very busy year of 1848. Information is available here and here.
This Tuesday, June 9, will mark not only the 145th anniversary of Dickens's death, but also the 150th anniversary of the train accident at Staplehurst that came close to taking his life. Dickens scholar Ruth Richardson has come up with the idea of sending flowers to the Staplehurst Rail Station that day, as "a gesture of THANKSGIVING for Dickens's survival." If you'd like to participate, David Perdue has posted the details at the Charles Dickens Page.
There's a pairing you probably never thought you'd hear about! Nonetheless, the new play The Trial of Lizzie Borden is having its premiere at Riverside's Dickens Festival this year. In this article, playwright Richard Brent Reed and director Chuck Abernathy explain why.
An article in Centennial Parklands traces the long and fascinating history of the Dickens statue in Sydney, Australia (at one point it lost its head!), and talks about the annual birthday celebrations held there. There are lots of nice photos.