NSW DICKENS SOCIETY
 
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NSW Dickens Society.

 

A Sydney-based literary society, devoted to all things Charles Dickens.

Next event: Charles Dickens and his American Reading Tour, a talk by Isabel Deeble, 5th October, City Tattersalls Club, 194 – 204 Pitt Street, Sydney.

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Did you miss?

NSWDS on Radio: Check out Lucinda Hawksley’s (Author and Dickens’ great great great granddaughter) fabulous interview on Charles Dickens and the NSW Dickens Society Weekend by the Seaside with Glynn Greensmith on It's Just Not Cricket.

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About us

We are a literary society which aims to knit together, in a common bond of friendship, lovers of that great master of humour and pathos, Charles Dickens. The NSW Dickens Society is a branch of the International Dickens Fellowship.

We warmly welcome any visitors who would like to attend our meetings which are held in the Nangamay Room, City Tattersalls Club, 194 – 204 Pitt Street (near Market Street), Sydney.  Refreshments from 10am, meetings commence at 10.30am; $5 for members, $10 for non-members.

Our Books of the Year for 2019 are American Notes (1842) and Pictures from Italy (1846)

 

Upcoming Events

Charles Dickens and his American Reading Tour, a talk by Isabel Deeble

Social media creates celebrities overnight but Charles Dickens was arguably the first international celebrity over 150 years ago. Isabel Deeble will explore Dickens’ triumphal second reading tour in the US and the responses it drew from his audiences. What part did P.T. Barnum (of The Greatest Showman) play in this venture? What reports did Mark Twain, young journalist, make on the performances? Which literary luminaries did he meet? What is the long term legacy of this tour?

When: 5th October 2019, 10.00am for a 10.30am start

Where: Nangamay Room, Level 2, City Tattersalls Club, 194 – 204 Pitt Street, Sydney.

How much: $5 for Members, $10 for Guests.


2019 General Meetings

10.00am for a 10.30am start @ Nangamay Room, Level 2, City Tattersalls Club, 194 – 204 Pitt Street, Sydney. $5 for Members, $10 for Guests.

5th October 2019 - Charles Dickens and his American Reading Tour, a talk by Isabel Deeble

7th December 2019 -  NSW Dickens Society Christmas Lunch @ Cello’s Restaurant, Castlereagh Boutique Hotel,4th Floor, 169 – 171 Castlereagh Street, Sydney (Bookings to open soon)

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The Fun of Collecting Dickens

What kind of collector are you? ? Are you a completist or are you interested mainly in the highlights of Dickens? Are you motivated by pleasure or profit? Do you want to have fun or to collect with investment in mind? The field open to the would-be collector of Charles Dickens is enormous. There is a wealth of treasure to be found by the adventurous collector – plays, speeches, magazine articles, Association copies, ephemera, sets, Australian editions, illustrated editions, fakes and forgeries, to name but a few directions a collection might take. Louella Kerr discussed all these and more in her talk. Before Louella’s talk, Jane Fulton showcased her collection of Edith Russell Dickens dolls.