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City Read 2012

charles-dickens1To celebrate the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’s birth, Royal Holloway will be running a series of free, participatory events in conjunction with City Read 2012. More information about the events can be found below, and details for booking can be found at the bottom of the page.

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5th March 2012 – Reading Group Event – 15:00-17:00
Afternoon tea and a discussion about Dickens’s classic, Oliver Twist

Thanks to everyone who helped to make this event a fantastic success, below are a couple of images from the day.



21st March 2012 – Writers’ Workshop – 11:00-12:30
A student-lead workshop

In the first of our series of writers' workshops, the floor will be open to students to take control. Expect a lively, creative session using Dickens’s themes and ideas as inspiration for poetry. You don’t have to be a poet to join in, writers and readers of all genres are welcome! 

28th March 2012 - Writers' Workshop - 11:00-12:30
A discussion and workshop on adapting Dickens's novels to genre fiction

Adam Roberts, author of I am Scrooge: A Zombie Story for Christmas, leads a writers’ workshop 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.


To book a free place or for more information on any of the sessions call 01784 41 4017 or e-mail


Alternatively you can book a place for the reading group event online, at the following link:http://dickens2012rhul.eventbrite.com/


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