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Dickens fans invited to reading groups and workshops

Posted on 29/02/2012
Charles Dickens as the character Captain Bobadil

An image from the Illustrated London News of Charles Dickens as the character Captain Bobadil in ‘Every Man in His Humour’, 22 November 1845.

To celebrate the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’s birth, Royal Holloway, University of London will be running a series of free events this month in conjunction with City Read 2012.

Fans of the Dickens classic Oliver Twist are invited for an afternoon of talks, discussions and afternoon tea in the College’s Picture Gallery this Monday (5 March) from 3pm until 5pm.

Academics from the College will offer insights into Oliver Twist and Dickens’s world, and an opportunity to discuss the book in smaller groups.

There will also be a small exhibition provided by the college archives, which will showcase some of the college’s special collections, including a letter from Charles Dickens, and some early examples of his books.

The first in a series of writers’ workshops will be held on Wednesday 21 March, with students leading the discussions where they will look to take inspiration from Charles Dickens’s novels.

Adam Roberts, author of I am Scrooge: A Zombie Story for Christmas, leads a writers’ workshop on Wednesday 28 March that looks at the opportunities and process of adapting popular classics with reference to his novel, and recent short story Martin Citywit. Hot drinks and biscuits will be provided to sustain the creative effort.

The final workshop on Wednesday 4 April offers an opportunity for aspiring novelists to listen to the experiences of a recently published author. Lynn Shepherd, author of Tom-All-Alone’s, which is based on Dickens’s Bleak House, discusses the writing and publication process, and answers questions.

To book a place on any of the events listed above, or to find out more, call 01784 41 4017 or e-mail Kim Coles or visit the City Read 2012 section of the College website.


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