The 27th annual Dickens Day, co-sponsored by Birkbeck, University of London; the University of Leicester; and the Dickens Fellowship, will be held at London's Senate House on October 12. This one will focus primarily on Dickens's interest in history and how it impacted his work. Info is here and here.
As I write this, the 2013 Dickens Universe is finishing up out in California. If any of you were there, we'd love to hear how it went! (Hat tip to David Perdue.)
In London, the Charles Dickens Museum has been added to the London Pass, "a sightseeing card providing tourists with entry to over 60 of the city's top attractions."
Speaking of the Dickens Museum, I recently ordered from them this set of facsimiles of the serialized version of Edwin Drood. Since then it's gone out of stock again -- it seems to go out of stock rather quickly, from what I've seen -- but when they get more of them in, I highly recommend them. It's a lovely, well-done set, and it's an especially poignant experience to look at the last one, which features a nice picture of Dickens and a short posthumous tribute.
A conference called "Tales of One City: Charles Dickens and London" will be held October 6 at Chancellor's Hall, Senate House, in London. Go here for details.
Penguin is putting out a series ("inspired by typography") called Penguin Drop Caps, featuring new editions of classic novels, and Great Expectations is included. Details and photos are available here.
Simon Callow, currently performing his one-man show The Mystery of Charles Dickens in London, opines that Dickens would likely have been diagnosed as bipolar, were he alive today. As I've hinted before, I tend to think there may be something in that idea.
Speaking of Callow's show, the Evening Standard reviews it here.
Eugene Wrayburn makes Huffington Post's list of snarky literary characters to enjoy; blogger Dave Astor describes him as "nicer than he initially seems."
Selina Scott of Malton, England, is trying to raise £30,000 to help the town buy an inscribed first edition of A Christmas Carol. (You may recall that Scrooge's counting house is said to have been based on a building in Malton.) Best wishes to her!
I'm going to do a few posts for these, so as not to stuff all the photos into one post! We begin with Thursday evening, when, for our first activity, we Dickensians gathered in Guildhall Square to greet Gerald Dickens and his brother Ian.
I almost feel like I ought to put a spoiler warning with this -- it pretty much shows the whole story! Someone needs to go to "Trailer-Making 101" class. But at least we get a good look at the movie, and I must say, I LOVE the look of it.
(Oh, and I'm back from the Dickens Fellowship Conference in England! Pictures and reports coming very soon!)