Dickens 2012: Walks, Talks, Screenings And More

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Dickens 2012: Walks, Talks, Screenings And More


There's no escaping the big man. As Charles Dickens turns 200, the cultural events surrounding his anniversary will have you cornered like a thieving urchin in a crowded marketplace. Here's a selection of the Victorian goodness taking place across town. Further ideas, including many events outside of London, can be found on the Dickens 2012 website.

Exhibitions
The Museum of London's Dickens exhibition is a must-see glimpse into the Victorian city and the author's place in the metropolis. The accompanying book is also worth considering. Meanwhile, the British Library has a smaller exhibition tackling Dickens and the supernatural. The National Portrait Gallery has a small display of prints, drawings and photographs of the author, until 22 April. And, of course, the Charles Dickens Museum can be visited in Bloomsbury all year round.

Screenings
Fans of Dickens adaptations are well served by the BBC, who recently screened a new adaptation of Great Expectations, with Edwin Drood coming soon. The BFI has a major Dickens season, with film adaptations of most of his novels (alas, they've missed out the greatest of all — The Muppet Christmas Carol). Two particularly mouthwatering sessions (one of them tonight) will screen pre-1914 shorts with live piano accompaniment. Elsewhere, Museum of London Docklands screens David Lean's Great Expectations (13 Jan).

Talks
Diarmuid Lawrence, director of the BBC's forthcoming Edwin Drood adaptation, will be at the Museum of London on 23 January to discuss the famously incomplete story. Simon Callow's at the British Library on 20 February and the Museum of London on 29 February to wax lyrical about his hero. Iain Sinclair wanders into the Museum on 25 April to chat with author Sebastian Groes about Victorian London's reputation as a dark and squalid place. The BFI's Dickens on Screen season also contains a few panel discussions after screenings.

Walks
The Dickens Fact From Fiction walk around the City takes place on 21 January, organised by the Museum of London. A similar walk, taking in important Thames-side sites, occurs on 14 April. A Clerkenwell walk is organised by London Metropolitan Archives on 16 April. Finally, Sandra Shevey conducts a 3-hour tour of Dickens' London every Sunday in 2012.

Books
The Museum of London's Dickens Book Club has turned pages since late last year. They'll meet up at Foyles (Charing Cross Road) for Bleak House (6 February) and Oliver Twist (2 April). Follow on Twitter @DickensBookClub.

Quiz
If you missed our recent Charles Dickens quiz at the Museum of London, test your Chuzzlewits at the Barbican on 29 February for the What the Dickens? quiz.

We've probably only scratched the surface here, so holler in the comments if you want to flag up other stuff.

Last Updated 03 January 2012

Kate

this is going to be a great year for fans of Dickens, there are so many events taking place and the exhibitions are quite simply fantastic. the London Museum exhibition is brilliant and I will certainly be visiting the Dickens Museum myself this year probably several times knowing me.

Kate from http://www.love-london-museums...

Footprints of London

Footprints of London have Dickens themed walks throughout the year all led by qualified guides who are real Dickens enthusiasts - see the website http://footprintsoflondon.com for details - the first one is on 15th January