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Bringing Dickens to the Stage. Part Two: Dickens’ performing career

This is the second post of the mini-series “Bringing Dickens to the Stage”, in which actor Gerald Dickens (@DickensShows on Twitter) recounts his personal connection with the works of his great great grandfather, Charles Dickens. The post is brought to you as part of the BMI Lockdown Life initiative, in collaboration with the Birmingham & Midland Institute. Join the conversation … Continue reading “Bringing Dickens to the Stage. Part Two: Dickens’ performing career”

24 June 2020 by
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Bringing Dickens to the Stage. Part One: A Christmas Carol

In the anniversary week of Charles Dickens’s death, 150 years ago, we are delighted to present you a personal view of Charles Dickens by his great great grandson Gerald Dickens (@DickensShows on Twitter). This post is brought to you as part of the BMI Lockdown Life initiative, in collaboration with the Birmingham & Midland Institute. … Continue reading “Bringing Dickens to the Stage. Part One: A Christmas Carol”

10 June 2020 by
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A Christmas Carol: A secular or religious text?

In this post, Mary Hind-Portley (@Lit_Liverbird) explains how she teaches Dickens’s Christmas Carol with a focus on its religious elements. The post is based on Mary’s remote CPD presentation and a previous blogpost for @LitdriveUK (https://litdrive.org.uk/). The full set of Mary’s slides shown throughout the post is available here [PDF, 6.1MB]. You can follow Mary … Continue reading “A Christmas Carol: A secular or religious text?”

9 June 2020 by
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“Mew says the cat…Bow-wow-wow says the dog”: Which animal did Dickens prefer?

In this post for the “BMI lockdown life” series, Lydia Craig (@lydiaecraig on Twitter) of the Loyola University Chicago delights us with more insights about Charles Dickens, the 16th president of the BMI. Lydia is co-organizer of the upcoming #Dickens150 virtual conference on 9 June. If you want to join this day of virtual talks … Continue reading ““Mew says the cat…Bow-wow-wow says the dog”: Which animal did Dickens prefer?”

25 May 2020 by
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Hard Times at the BMI

In this post, Dr Serena Trowbridge (Birmingham City University), Senior Vice-President of the Birmingham & Midland Institute, discusses Dickens’ role in supporting the B&MI as an educational institution in its early days. By drawing on Dickens’ views on education in his novel Hard Times, this post is a perfect sequel to Dr Pete Orford’s post … Continue reading “Hard Times at the BMI”

18 May 2020 by
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Dickens makes the impossible possible: Charles Dickens, Reporter?

In this guest post, Miriam Helmers (University College London) draws on how different digital tools and sources to examine the relationship between Dickens’s journalism and his fiction. She reports very interesting insights into the writer’s use of “a fantastic kind of descriptive language”. Charles Dickens was a reporter before he was a writer of fiction. … Continue reading “Dickens makes the impossible possible: Charles Dickens, Reporter?”

17 March 2020 by
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Good Neighbours, Good Friends? Navigating Neighbourhoods, Communities and Connection in Dickens

In this post, Dr Emily Bell (Loughborough University) explains how she has used CLiC to explore the theme of neighbourhoods in Dickens’s works. Emily is also an editor of the Dickens Letters Project and has recently been appointed as a fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) – we look forward to learning more about … Continue reading “Good Neighbours, Good Friends? Navigating Neighbourhoods, Communities and Connection in Dickens”

24 January 2020 by