There's something humanizing, even a little comforting, in the thought that the young Charles Dickens, when in love, was as prone to outbursts of weak poetry as the next person. What he'd say if he knew those poetic attempts were now on display to museumgoers, though, is perhaps better left to the imagination.
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.
Levenger, the company that used to publish a facsimile edition of Dickens's prompt copy for his Christmas Carol readings, has now published a similar edition of his David Copperfield prompt copy. It's on sale this week for 20 percent off.
The new website The Pigeonhole is serializing Great Expectations in weekly installments. A subscription is free (they'll send you a link to download their reading app), and there will be bonus material on the site every week (essays, Q&As, and so forth). At the end, subscribers will be asked for donations, half of which will go to the Dickens Museum. Go here to find out more and to sign up!