Discover Dickens in Poole

Poole Central Library is to promote the most famous books of Charles Dickens to celebrate the bicentenary of his birth in February.

It will be having readings from Dickens novels in a bid to inspire people to read at least one of his books in the year of his 200 birthday.

The sessions will take place every Tuesday of February between 3.30 and 4.30.

Each one will consists of introduction to set the scene during which books will be read and  then a group discussion will follow.

The organiser of the event Jenny Irving said: “The idea is to give people a taste of different types of readings from Dickens. It might be things about characters, it might be about places, settings or it might be dramatic events in the novels, just to give them a feeling for the books, for the actual writing of events. Because I think people quite often know Dickens through films and through television rather than reading the books theses days.”

The extracts will be read by two librarians and they will try to cover a variety of Dickens’ most famous novels including: David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, Christmas Carol, Nicholas Nickleby.

However, the full list of books from which the fragments will come, has not been decided yet.

People are already enquiring about the event.

Library hopes to host around 12 people at each session.


Picture: Philip Halling

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