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!)
The Dickens Fellowship website has information about London's "Dickens Day in the City" on August 16. They also have a list of various other special events and exhibits going on. And the University of London is hosting a Dickens Day of its own in October, focusing on "Dickens and Popular Culture."
And speaking of the Dickens Fellowship . . . I'm going to their Bicentenary Conference in Portsmouth next month! This will be my first Dickens Fellowship conference. I'll try to blog while there, but if I can't manage it, I'll be sure to blog about it when I come back!