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Hawksley Workman event!

On Saturday 20 March, I’ll be chatting online to award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Hawksley Workman. It’s happening at 7pm UK time / 2pm Toronto time. We’ll be talking about writing, songs & hopes for a post-pandemic (fingers crossed…) world.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite. Please spread the word! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hawksley-workman-in-conversation-with-lucinda-hawksley-tickets-145509098631

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The Mystery around Dickens’s Death

My latest article for RLF Collected, ‘The Mystery around Dickens’s Death’ https://www.rlf.org.uk/showcase/the-mystery-around-dickenss-death/

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Online walking tour

On 24 March, I’ll be doing a virtual ‘walking tour’ about William Morris in West London, starting at 6pm UK time, joinable from anywhere https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/william-morris-in-west-london-virtual-walk-tickets-145287289193

William Morris
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Dickens in N America in 1842

In 1842, Charles and Catherine Dickens set sail from Liverpool for a 6-month tour of the USA and Canada. In this online event, I’ll be talking about their journey and how it inspired Dickens’s writing. This is the first in a series of talks I’ll be giving over the next year, inspired by the book I’ve just finished writing, Dickens and Travel (which will be published later this year, pandemic permitting!). https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/charles-dickenss-first-trip-to-north-america-tickets-142223553477

Charles Dickens by Francis Alexander, painted in Boston in 1842.

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Online Event 26 Feb

On 26 Feb, I’ll be talking to YA author Kate Darbishire about her novel ‘Speechless’. We’ll be talking about #writing, representations of disability in popular culture, especially Cerebral Palsy, & what it’s like to self publish. Join us for this Online Event via Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/whats-it-really-like-to-self-publish-lucinda-hawksley-kate-darbishire-tickets-141836206913

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Love Lives of the Pre-Raphaelites

Liven up your lockdown with the ‘Love Lives of the Pre-Raphaelites‘ – my new online event happening at 5.30pm (UK time) on 13 February, joinable from anywhere in the world. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/love-lives-of-the-pre-raphaelites-tickets-139878228547

'Paolo & Francesca da Rimini' by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, painted in 1867.
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Dickens & Zoom

Can you spot my big blue Charles Dickens book getting pride of place in this BBC video? I’m very proud! The updated version is available from the online giftshop at The Charles Dickens Museum and all good bookshops. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/entertainment-arts-55861947

Book jacket for 'Charles Dickens' by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
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Happy Birthday Mr Dickens!

I’m very excited to announce this special event with the wonderful Miriam Margolyes, in aid of The Charles Dickens Museum. Join us on Sunday 7 February, at 7pm UK time (joinable from anywhere) for Happy Birthday Mr Dickens! Tickets are on sale now https://dickensmuseum.com/blogs/all-events/happy-birthday-mr-dickens

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New Online Event

Join me on Tues 26 Jan for The Life and Lies of Augustus #Dickens, and discover what happened when Charles Dickens’s youngest brother ran away to America. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-life-and-lies-of-augustus-dickens-tickets-136183030109

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The Life and Lies of Augustus Dickens

In the 1850s, Augustus, the youngest brother of Charles Dickens, abandoned his wife in London and ran away to America with his pregnant girlfriend. He was barely spoken about in the family again. A few years ago, I travelled to Chicago to research what had happened to my great x4 uncle and Bertha, the woman who had been brave enough to run away with him. Join me for this online talk and find out about the life and quite extraordinary lies of Augustus – the original owner of the nickname ‘Boz’. 

It’s happening on Tues 26 Jan, at 6pm UK time, but joinable from anywhere in the world https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-life-and-lies-of-augustus-dickens-tickets-136183030109

Augustus Newnham Dickens, younger brother of Charles Dickens
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A Very Country Christmas

I was also lucky enough to meet the fab Ellie Harrison and film in Malton in Yorkshire for the BBC’s ‘A Very Country Christmas’. It’s available to watch in the UK on BBC iPlayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000qf9g

Outside the Counting House Museum in Malton, Yorkshire.
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Paul O’Grady’s Broadstairs

In between lockdowns, I managed to do some filming, including working with the lovely Paul O’Grady on his Great British Escapes programme, for ITV. It’s available to watch on catch up. https://www.itv.com/hub/paul-ogradys-great-british-escape/10a0768a0003

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For the love of writing festival

I’m so pleased to have been asked to take part in this writing festival in Melbourne – even if it’s only possible via the power of the internet. I’ll be speaking about Dickens with my friend and fellow patron of the Dickens Museum, Miriam Margolyes. Tickets are on sale now – and FYI, if you’re in Europe, it’s a morning event, not at evening event as it states in the write up (it’s an Australian evening!).

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/for-the-love-of-writing-festival-tickets-134046882835

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Black Friday Remembered

18 November 1910: “The date is now remembered in history as ‘Black Friday’, a day on which the police and any anti-suffrage men who cared to join in were permitted – and encouraged – to use not only violence but sexual violence against the women.” #MarchWomenMarch

My book March, Women, March is also available on kindle (the link shows the old book jacket, but is is still the same book) https://www.amazon.co.uk/March-Women-Lucinda-Hawksley-ebook/dp/B00CPKONG0

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1 December: Dickens’s Lost Portrait

This portrait of Charles Dickens was painted at the exact time he was writing A Christmas Carol, in 1843 – and then lost for almost 175 years. Join me to discover what was happening in Dickens’s life while he was working on his most famous Christmas book. I’ll also tell you about the talented female artist who painted his portrait and how she helped to inspire his writing. Fnd out the remarkable story behind the “lost portrait”, how it was re-discovered and how it can help us understand the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim.

The talk is taking place at 6pm UK time, and is joinable from all over the world. Tickets are on sale via Eventbrite, but the event will be on Zoom.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/begin-your-festive-season-with-dickenss-great-great-great-granddaughter-tickets-129469267063

The Lost Portrait: portrait of Charles Dickens, painted by Margaret Gillies in 1843, exhibited in 1844, then ‘lost’ for amost 175 years.
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Secrets and Surprises…

My next event in the #InConversationWith series is ‘Secrets and Surprises in Biography’, with fellow author Julie Summers, on 22 September. This is an online event, starting at 7pm UK time, but joinable from all over the world. Tickets and more information are available on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/secrets-and-surprises-in-biography-lucinda-hawksley-julie-summers-tickets-119874404571 The event itself will take place on Zoom (NB you cannot access the event through the Eventbrite website, that’s only a platform for buying tickets.)

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In Conversation With series

Last night was the first in my new series of online talks, #InConversationWith. It started with Dickens and Film with fellow #author, lecturer and #screenwriter James Clarke. It was so much fun and we had people joining from several parts of the globe. Watch this space for more information.

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My new online course in Life Writing

Have you ever wanted to write your memoirs, or are you yearning to write the story of someone else’s life? Why not turn the surreal year that is 2020 into the time when you make that dream a reality?

I have created this 8-week online course in Life Writing to enable you to develop your writing and research skills, give you the confidence to move forward with your ideas and help you to improve your manuscript. 

My weekly classes will be taught in a small-group format via Zoom. You will learn how to begin and plan your book, how to overcome writers’ block, and how to analyse and critique your own work, all in a very supportive – and friendly – environment. This course is suitable for all levels, from aspiring authors to published writers wishing to hone their life-writing skills.

The course will begin on Wednesday 9 September 2020 at 2pm-6pm UK time. It includes eight online classes, guided writing tasks with feedback from the tutor, and a final one-to-one tutorial for each student. There will also be an opportunity to arrange ongoing tutorials after the course has ended, should you wish. Enrolment is open to participants from all over the world. The course costs £450 and can be booked any time up to 6 September. For more information and to book, please email info@lucindahawksley.com

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Eastbourne talk postponed

Today I should have been giving a talk about my book ‘Elizabeth Revealed’ at the lovely Langham Hotel in Eastbourne. Sadly, for obvious reasons, we’ve had to postpone it, BUT my author talk will be happening in 2021! (FYI, isn’t this book jacket gorgeous? Well done to the team at Scala books and HRP publishing.)

Book jacket for Elizabeth Revealed by Lucinda Hawksley.
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Online talk: A hairy history of art!

Come on a pogonographic journey into the history of facial hair in art! A few years ago I was commissioned to give several lectures and tours of the National Portrait Gallery about hairy history, and this resulted in my book Moustaches, Whiskers & Beards, inspired by the gallery’s collection. It’s a fun look at history of art as well as the social history of bewhiskered men and women, taking place on Thursday 30 July, at 6pm UK time – but joinable from all over the world. You can book tickets by following the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-hairy-history-of-art-tickets-114670971964 Or by searching for “hairy history” on your Eventbrite app.

Once you have booked a ticket, please wait for an email, which will arrive on time for you to join the talk. That email will contain the zoom joining details of meeting ID and password. Please ensure you check your junk mail folders for the email, thank you. Please note I don’t record my talks, so I’m afraid it won’t be possible to watch the talk later. 

Take care and stay safe in this surreal time.

Moustaches, Whiskers and Beards by Lucinda Hawksley (book jacket)
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De Morgan Foundation talk, 31 July

Last year, I was invited to become a Patron of the De Morgan Foundation. On 31 July, I’m doing my first event for them. Obviously it has to be online, but the great news about that is that you can join from anywhere in the world! I’ll be talking about Lizzie Siddal with Sarah Hardy, from the Foundation. Advance booking is essential: https://www.demorgan.org.uk/event/online-talk-pre-raphaelite-sisters-with-best-selling-author-lucinda-hawksley/

Book jacket: Lizzie Siddal, the Tragedy of a Pre-Raphaelite Supermodel, by Lucinda Hawksley
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Lizzie Siddal online talk

On Monday 6 July, I’m doing an online lecture on ‘Lizzie Siddal, The Original Supermodel’. It starts at 6pm UK time, and is joinable from all over the world – as long as you’ll be awake at that time! I have been doing regular online lectures during the pandemic lockdown. Please also check my Twitter page @lucindahawksley for more regular updates. Tickets for my Lizzie Siddal talk are available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lizzie-siddal-the-original-supermodel-tickets-111536286034

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Katey in the ODNB

My article on the artist Kate Perugini (née Dickens, also known as Kate Collins) has been published by the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. It’s long overdue. In common with so many female artists, she has been unfairly forgotten for so long, and I’m so glad that Katey finally has an ODNB page. The pictures here are of Katey, painted by Marcus Stone, and perhaps my favourite of all her paintings ‘Flossie’. https://www.oxforddnb.com/view/10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001/odnb-9780198614128-e-93816

Katey painted by Marcus Stone in 1865

Flossie by Kate Perugini, 1892
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#Dickens150

9 June 2020 is the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens’s death, and commemorative events had been planned for all over the world, which have sadly all needed to be cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. There will be, however, many online events happening, including an online conference, in aid of the Charles Dickens Museum in London (which is really struggling due to the UK being in lockdown). Find out more here: https://dickens150.wordpress.com I will be taking part, by interviewing Armando Iannucci about his love of Dickens, at 8pm.

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Online talk 3 June

I’ve started a series of online lectures to help us through this strange time of staying at home. The first was a virtual tour of the National Portrait Gallery’s collection and the second is about Katey Dickens – aka the artist Kate Perugini – and it’s happening at 6pm London time on Wed 3 June. More info and ticket sales via this link on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/manage/events/107229462208/tickets

Please spread the word, thank you. It is joinable from all over the world, to anyone who is awake at 6pm UK time!

Take care and stay safe.

Book jacket for my biography 'Dickens's Artistic Daughter Katey', published by Pen and Sword.

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Lockdown Lectures

Tomorrow I was supposed to be taking alumni from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, on a tour of the National Portrait Gallery in London. Now, we’ll be doing this online tour of the gallery instead, via Zoom. If you know anyone else who might be interested in an online lecture / gallery tour please get in touch. #StaySafe

 for my lecture: A Virtual Tour of the National Portrait Gallery in London.
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Dickens Lost Portrait podcast

If you’re looking for something to listen to during this strange time of lockdown, here’s a link to the podcast I made with Philip Mould, Emma Rutherford and others about the Lost Portrait of Charles Dickens. It’s in 3 episodes. https://browse.entale.co/show/790c94fe-cc89-45b5-90f3-b0defc7c7e24

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Book now!

The last booking date for my Life Writing course at the Verrocchio Arts Centre in Tuscany is 29 Feb 2020. The course is taking place 25 June-2 July 2020. Find out more here: http://www.verrocchio.co.uk/cms/index.php/2020-courses or email Hannah on office@verrocchio.co.uk for more information.

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Happy Birthday Dickens!

Happy birthday to my great great great grandfather: Charles Dickens was born on 7 February 1812. Find out more in my book, which is available from the Charles Dickens Museum bookshop https://dickensmuseum.com/products/charles-dickens-by-lucinda-dickens-hawksley-1 and all other good #bookshops, as well as online.

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Learn to write in Tuscany – book now!

Places are now available for my Life Writing course in the beautiful Verrocchio Art Centre in Tuscany. The course runs from 25 June 2020 until 2 July 2020. Numbers are strictly limited so early booking is a must. Find out more here: http://www.verrocchio.co.uk/cms/index.php/2020-courses and email Hannah on office@verrocchio.co.uk with any queries. Please spread the word, thank you.

The image shows deckchairs on the sunny terrace at the Verrocchio Art Centre in Tuscany, Italy.
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Top Podcasts of 2019!

So pleased to see that my podcast “The Real Sherlock” made it into this article in Good Housekeeping Magazine: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/lifestyle/a30194508/best-audible-podcasts/

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Dickens & Christmas walking tour – book now!

On 17 December, I’ll be leading a walking tour in London about Dickens and Christmas. Tickets are available on Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dickens-christmas-walking-tour-tickets-76803277671

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Victorian Radicals in Texas

This week I was lucky enough to be invited to the San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas, which is currently hosting an exhibition entitled Victorian Radicals, including many items from the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in England.

I was invited to give development training to the musem’s docents about the Aesthetic movement and to give a public lecture on Charles Dickens and the Pre-Raphaelites, which was a packed house!

Thank you San Antonio, for making me so welcome. What a beautiful place. If you’re in Texas, make sure you visit the exhibition. You won’t be disappointed.

The image shows the interior of the San Antonio Museumn of Art with the exhibition banner for Victorian Radicals: from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement, as well as a banner showing the image of Medea by Pre-Raphaelite artist Frederick Sandys.
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Dickens in Dallas

Thank you to SMU for inviting me to speak about The Extended Dickens Family at your beautiful university campus in Dallas, Texas.

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Learn to write in Tuscany!

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to write biography or your memoirs, you can book onto my one-week residential course at the beautiful Verrocchio in Tuscany for summer 2020. The course is taking place 25 June-2 July. Find out more here: http://www.verrocchio.co.uk/cms/index.php/2020-courses/391-life-writing-memoirs-and-biography and reserve your place here: http://www.verrocchio.co.uk/cms/index.php/2020-courses/405-lucinda-hawkesley-prices-7-nights

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Fabula Festival

On 10 October, I’ll be talking about my newly updated book Charles Dickens at Wanstead Library, as part of the Fabula Festival. Tickets are available now on Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-with-lucinda-dickens-hawksley-tickets-69690926437?fbclid=IwAR32yFKkgCJuXqP5GL5ZGpIdYCt8xA-pt5BgxmTOJ0zDrje8C438lK_ghrU

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Arvon: Narrative Non-Fiction

I am really looking forward to being a tutor on this upcoming writing course for the Arvon Foundation. Narrative Non-Fiction is taking place at Lumb Bank in Yorkshire, the former home of the poet Ted Hughes. The course is taking place on 23-28 September. https://www.arvon.org/writing-courses/courses-retreats/narrative-non-fiction-2/

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Pre-Raphaelites in Texas

US fans of the Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts & Crafts movement should head to San Antonio in Texas for this great new exhibition, Victorian Radicals, opening in October: https://www.samuseum.org/artwork/exhibition/victorian-radicals-from-the-pre-raphaelites-to-the-arts-crafts-movement/

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Dickens in Texas

I am very pleased to have been invited back to Galveston, Texas, for this year’s Dickens on the Strand festival. It is taking place on 6-8 December. Come along and raise money for the architectural charity, the Galveston Historical Foundation, which has helped to save and preserve so many 19th-century buildings. (Yes, I know the sunglasses in this photo aren’t very authentic, but they were necessary!)

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Dickens for 2020

Yesterday I popped in Carlton Books to fetch my very first author copy of my fully updated book about Charles Dickens. I think it is beautiful! Well done to all the team at Carlton, who have created a really lovely book.

Some of you may remember that this first came out in 2012, for the Dickens Bicentenary. This new version (priced £20 and coming out in September) is being published to commemorate the next Dickens anniversary: 2020 marks 150 years since his death. I’m already taking bookings for events, so please get in touch with me or my agent(s) to find out more.

The book jacket for my new book Charles Dickens: The Man, The Novels, The Victorian Age.
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Meeting Fagin’s descendant

When I was in Sydney for the NSW Dickens Conference, I was fortunate to meet a number of great people, including the Australian authors Tom Keneally and Kate Forsyth. This photo is of me and Scott Whitmont, a bookseller and writer, who has a close connection to Dickensian history. Scott is the great great great nephew of Ikey Solomons, one of the inspirations used by my great great great grandfather Charles Dickens when he created the character of Fagin in Oliver Twist!

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Edwin Drood for Audible

Last week, I had the exciting experience of recording in the Audible office in Sydney, Australia – where I was visiting to attend the NSW Dickens Conference. I recorded my narration of the Afterword I had written to accompany the new narration of The Mystery of Edwin Drood – the best mystery story ever written, because Charles Dickens died before he could write the ending!

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Dickens Weekend By The Seaside

Book your tickets now from for a Weekend by the Seaside with Dickens in Manly, Sydney, on 18 & 19 May. Check out the programme here: (https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5cac5e7516b640584a438447/t/5cc1170a58c0ed00012da828/1556158229852/25+April+-+2019+Weekend+Away+Flyer.pdf)  Two of Dickens’s sons moved to Australia and, aptly, this year’s theme is “Dickens and the Family”. I’ll be talking about my books and family history in two talks entitled “The Great Expectations of the Children of Charles Dickens” on the Saturday and “Katey: Dickens’s Artist Daughter” on the Sunday.

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The Real Sherlock

My new podcast, ‘The Real Sherlock’, is available to download from Audible. Discover the man behind the creation of Sherlock Holmes. The life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was as adventurous and exciting as that of his fictional detective. https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Real-Sherlock-Audiobook/B07NVNMCD9

The image shows an Audible illustration to accompany the podcast of The Real Sherlock. The picture is of a smoking pipe, reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes.
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Lizzie Siddal inspiring Fashion

A fashion show from N’a Pas De Quoi inspired by Lizzie Siddal as Ophelia. Wonderful! You can find out more about Lizzie in my biography, published by Carlton Books https://www.carltonbooks.co.uk/lizzie-siddal-hb.html

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Walk Charles Dickens’s London

If you’re planning a trip to London – or if you live there! – my downloadable walking tour works with your smartphone and takes you on a journey from Dickens’s first adult home, to the Charles Dickens Museum via many of the London streets and sites from which he took inspiration. It is available to download from Voice Map:

https://voicemap.me/tour/london/charles-dickens-from-furnival-s-inn-to-doughty-street

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A free Dickens podcast

Find out more about the Dickens Lost Portrait and its amazing journey in this fascinating three-part podcast (free to download). I’m in episode 3.

https://philipmould.com/gallery/edit/charles-dickens-the-lost-portrait-a-podcast

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My Audible narration

If you’re seeking a great #audiobook, try ‘Our Mutual Friend’ by Charles #Dickens, narrated by Meera Syal – with an introduction written & narrated by me! https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Our-Mutual-Friend-Audiobook/B079LR2L6Q

The image shows the Audible image for the cover of Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens, narrated by Meera Syal, with an introduction written and narrated by me.
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Plan your next holiday

If you’re dreaming of your next holiday, gain inspiration for your travels, with my beautiful book, The Writer Abroad, published by The British Library. It’s available from all good bookshops and from the British Library shop – either in person or online. https://www.bl.uk/shop/the-writer-abroad/p-922

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The Dickens Lost Portrait

This portrait of Charles Dickens was painted by the Scottish artist Margaret Gillies in 1843. It was exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1844. Since then it has been considered lost, the artist herself had no idea what had happened to it and its fate became a mystery. Until now – it was discovered in a terrible state (now restored as you can see) in a box of ‘household junk’ in South Africa. Now the Dickens Museum is trying to raise funds to buy it for its collection. Can you help? If so, please follow this link:

https://dickensmuseum.com/pages/lost-portrait-appeal

Find out more about the portrait and its amazing journey in this fascinating three-part podcast (free to download):

https://philipmould.com/gallery/edit/charles-dickens-the-lost-portrait-a-podcast


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Te Papa, Wellington

On 26 January, I’ll be talking about my book ‘Bitten by Witch Fever: Wallpaper and Arsenic in the Victorian Home’ at Te Papa in Wellington, New Zealand. Tickets and more info here: https://www.friendsoftepapa.org.nz/event/beyond-te-papa-bitten-by-witch-fever/

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175 Years of A Christmas Carol

It’s taken until early January for me to be able to update about the amazing response to the 175th anniversary of the publication of ‘A Christmas Carol’ – December was an incredible month and the outpouring of affection for Dickens’s “ghost story of Christmas” was really moving. As several people observed, perhaps it was because the world and the world’s media was exhausted with bad news and wanted a good news story.

Here is just a sample of some of the media around the #Carol175 celebrations:

BBC Worldwide TV News

The Independent

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/charles-dickens-christmas-carol-175-invent-child-poverty-capitalism-turkey-pudding-card-santa-tree-a8662876.html

The Daily Collegiate (Penn State University)

https://www.collegian.psu.edu/collection_aac8db3a-f8c0-11e8-ad94-cff1c73606b3.html

The Yorkshire Post

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/175th-anniversary-of-dickens-christmas-carol-is-celebrated-with-rare-edition-in-the-yorkshire-town-he-loved-1-9499183

London Live

BBC News

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-46378745

WBIW

http://www.wbiw.com/local/archive/2018/12/75-years-ago-today-charles-dickens-a-christmas-carol-was-published.php

Living North

http://www.livingnorth.com/yorkshire/people-places/ghost-christmas-past

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Telegraph Picture of the Day

I was really privileged to be photographed by the brilliant Charlotte Graham for the 175th anniversary of ‘A Christmas Carol’ holding the beautiful edition of Dickens’s classic story, which is owned by the people of Malton in Yorkshire (the home of Dickens’s friends, the lawyer Charles Smithson and his wife Elizabeth). Charlotte’s image was chosen as one of the ‘Pictures of the Day’ (the copyright for this image is with the photographer, Charlotte Graham). https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/16/pictures-day-16-december-2018/lucinda-hawksley-great-great-great-granddaughter-charles-dickens/


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Doctor Who and A Christmas Carol

On Sat 15 Dec, I’ll be in Malton in Yorkshire talking about ‘Doctor Who and A Christmas Carol’, as part of the Malton Dickens Festival, with BBC producer and Doctor Who expert Gavin Collinson.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/doctor-who-and-a-christmas-carol-tickets-52604411210?aff=efbneb&fbclid=IwAR236SDdEJft-DTt9mGsYY9IiqSQn8XbCnemeJP9FpXf8k4QWuhgB9FaQZY

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Fleet Library talk

On Thursday 22 November, I’ll be talking about Dickens and Christmas at Fleet Library in Hampshire. Tickets are available from the library.

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175 Years of A Christmas Carol

Tickets are now on sale for a very special evening at the Charles Dickens Museum in London. 19 December 2018 is the 175th anniversary of the publication of A Christmas Carol. I am holding a celebratory evening, together with friends who will help entertain you, in praise of Dickens’s little ghost of an idea. You can buy tickets online, or from the museum itself. https://dickensmuseum.com/blogs/all-events/celebrating-175-years-of-a-christmas-carol

 

 

 

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“16 facts about HM The Queen”

This Historic Royal Palaces blog is taken from my new book, Elizabeth Revealedhttps://blog.hrp.org.uk/16-facts-about-the-queen/

 

You can buy my book from good bookshops or online from the publisher: http://www.scalapublishers.com/title.aspx?category=&subcategory=&id=3906

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Elizabeth Revealed

This is my new book! Elizabeth Revealed: 500 Facts about the Queen and her World is available now worldwide, published by Scala together with Historic Royal Palaces. You should be able to get it at your local bookshop, or you can order it online here: http://www.scalapublishers.com/title.aspx?category=&subcategory=&id=3906 (isn’t this a beautiful book jacket?)

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175 Years of ‘A Christmas Carol’

On 19 December, the 175th anniversary of ‘A Christmas Carol’, I’m going to be leading two special Dickens and Christmas walking tours of London, the first at 10am (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dickens-christmas-tickets-52174894514) & the second at 2pm (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dickens-christmas-tickets-52174903541). Both are on Eventbrite and bookable now!

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Red Lion Books, Colchester

I’ll be talking about Lizzie Siddal, Kate Perugini and Princess Louise at the Red Lion Bookshop in Colchester, Essex, at 5pm on Tuesday 23 October. Come along and see the brand new updated version of my Katey biography!

http://www.redlionbooks.co.uk/events/

 

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Dagenham Library talk

On 19 September, I’ll be talking aboout March Women March at Barking & Dagenham Library. Tickets are free but need to be booked in advance. https://ww2.lbbd.gov.uk/event/lucinda-hawksley-march-women-march/

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Walking tour: The Man Who Invented Sherlock Holmes

My new walking tour, The Man Who Invented Sherlock Holmes, is happening on 20 October in London. Book tickets now:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-man-who-invented-sherlock-holmes-walking-tour-tickets-48009305124

Walk through the London of Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes – two fascinating men whose lives were shaped by the streets of this fascinating, and often lawless, city. Find out how Arthur Conan Doyle created the world’s most famous fictional detective, and how Sherlock grew into a literary phenomenon. The walk will begin at Regent’s Park and end near Covent Garden.

 

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Walking tour: William Morris in West London

Book tickets now for my new walking tour, happening on Sat 28 July in London.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/william-morris-in-west-london-walk-tickets-48007198824

Walk along some of the prettiest river paths in London and discover the worlds of William Morris and his friends, as well as stories of feisty suffragettes, poets, designers, and ghosts of the old river. The walk will begin at Hammersmith station and end at Ravenscourt Park.

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Princess Louise on Audible

On 12 June, my biography of Princess Louise will be available on Audible (& you can pre-order it now): https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Biographies-Memoirs/Queen-Victorias-Mysterious-Daughter-Audiobook/B07DCZ3J8H

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Queen Victoria and her Tragic Family

Queen Victoria and her Tragic Family begins on TV in the UK this weekend, starting on Channel 5 this Saturday (19 May), for 3 weeks: https://www.tvguide.co.uk/detail/2994683/138685784/queen-victoria-and-her-tragic-family I’ll be on it talking about Princess Louise. Hopefully it’ll be shown elsewhere around the world soon.

  

 

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The Project NZ

Last night I had great fun chatting with the presenters of The Project NZ (on TV3) about my book Moustaches, Whiskers & Beards, and about the Auckland Writers’ Festival. If you can access facebook, you can watch this video of the interview: https://www.facebook.com/TheProjectNZ/videos/1223716704431647/

 

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Auckland Writers’ Festival

I am doing 2 events at the Auckland Writers’ Festival this month, if you’re coming along, come and say hello and get your book signed! More info here: http://www.writersfestival.co.nz

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Also Festival

Tickets are now on sale for Also Festival, 29 June-1 July, “the best independent ideas festival in the country” – and I’ll be speaking there. (Wellies at the ready, just in case….) Find out more here: https://www.also-festival.com

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Wendover Library talk

At 7pm on 18 April, I’ll be talking about Bitten By Witch Fever at Wendover Library. Come & discover the history of #arsenic (wallpaper, murder, food colouring…). Tickets are on sale now: http://www.wendovernews.co.uk/event/lucinda-hawksley-2018-apr-18

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Happy Birthday Princess Louise

Princess Louise was born 170 years ago today. Her life was fascinating to write about – even though my research was hampered by the mysteriousness of discovering the Royal Archives have closed off her files. Discover her story, available worldwide:

https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1082082/the-mystery-of-princess-louise/

http://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250059321

  

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Afternoon Tea with Dickens

On 8 June 2018, you can join me for Tea with Dickens, at Devizes Town Hall, as part of the Devizes Arts Festival. Tickets are on sale now:

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/HJIEKH

   

16 March 2018 horizontal rule

My new book on Katey Dickens Perugini

I have fully updated my 2006 biography of Kate Perugini (née Dickens). Katey, as I came to know her, was a superb artist and a central figure in the late 19th-century art world; she was also my great great great aunt. This updated version was made possible by the many kind people who contacted me after reading my first edition of the book to share news about previously ‘lost’ paintings. Researching Katey again has been so fascinating. Her new biography is being published by Pen and Sword on 30 April 2018. If you order it in advance (link below), you will get a discount of £3:

https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Dickens-Artistic-Daughter-Katey-Paperback/p/14728

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Writing Biography workshop in Auckland

My other event at the Auckland Writers’ Festival in May is a workshop on “Writing Biography”. Tickets have just gone on sale:

http://www.writersfestival.co.nz/programmes/event/lucinda-hawksley-biography-writing/597989/

    

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Moustaches, Whiskers & Beards in Auckland

I am very happy to have been invited to take part in the Auckland Writers’ Festival in May. One of my events is a talk on my NPG book Moustaches, Whiskers & Beards, tickets go on sale today:

http://www.writersfestival.co.nz/programmes/event/moustaches-whiskers-and-beards/597829/

16 March 2018 horizontal rule

Princess Louise in Mayfair

If you’re a member of the University Women’s Club in London, come along to my talk about Princess Louise on 22 November. If you’re not a member, call the number on the poster and if numbers permit you can also get a ticket.

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HLSI on Hallowe’en

On 31 October, I’ll  be talking about Bitten By Witch Fever for the Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution. http://www.hlsi.net/event/bitten-by-witch-fever-wallpaper-and-arsenic-in-the-victorian-home/

 

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Download my Dickens’s London walking tour

Planning a trip to London? You can download my walking tour and walk in the footsteps of Charles Dickens: https://voicemap.me/tour/london/charles-dickens-from-furnival-s-inn-to-doughty-street

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Dickens & Christmas walking tour

On 21 December, I’ll be leading my newest walking tour, Dickens and Christmas, in London. Tickets have just gone on sale, so please spread the word: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dickens-christmas-walking-tour-tickets-38176856004?ref=estw 

 

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Gibraltar Lit Fest

On 18 November, I’ll be talking about Charles Dickens and his Circle at the Gibraltar Lit Fest:

http://www.gibraltarliteraryfestival.com/speakers/2017/lucinda-hawksley-62

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Harlots & Hangers On

Tickets are now on sale for my event in Broadstairs on 24 September with my friend & fellow author Hallie Rubenhold. Please spread the word, thank you.

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Please donate for Hurricane Irma’s victims

Please donate to help those in the BVI whose lives have been devastated by Hurricane Irma, thank you. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bvi-touristboardhurricaneirma

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The US paperback of Princess Louise

Queen Victoria’s Mysterious Daughter, my biography of the sculptor Princess Louise, is now out in paperback in the US, published by Thomas Dunne Books.

https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250130365

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Stanfords Travel talk, 13 September

On 13 September I’ll be talking about travel writing and my new book The Writer Abroad (published by the British Library) at Stanfords Travel bookshop in Covent Garden, London. Tickets are on sale now, please spread the word. http://www.stanfords.co.uk/event-the-writer-abroad-literary-travels-from-austria-to-uzbekistan

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Walk in Dickens’s Footsteps

If you live in, or are visiting, London, you can walk in the footsteps of my great great great grandfather with my downloadable walking tour: https://voicemap.me/tour/london/charles-dickens-from-furnival-s-inn-to-doughty-street

1 August 2017 horizontal rule

Is it too early to mention Christmas…?

I know it’s still only July but, at the moment, if you pre-order my upcoming book Dickens and Christmas (which is due out at the end of October), you’ll get £4 off.

https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Dickens-and-Christmas-Hardback/p/14004

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Gibraltar Literary Festival 2017

This November, I’ll be speaking about my book “Charles Dickens and his Circle” at the Gibraltar Literary Festival.

http://www.gibraltarliteraryfestival.com/speakers/2017/lucinda-hawksley-62

 

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Harlots & Hangers-On

On 24 September I’m doing an event in Broadstairs, Kent, with my friend and fellow author Hallie Rubenhold. Twitter has been making me laugh today, as it has been pointed out that the lack of a comma in this flyer has turned Hallie into my great great great grandmother…

3 July 2017 horizontal rule

Warwick Literary Festival

This October, I’ll be speaking about Bitten by Witch Fever at the Warwick Literary Festival. Come along and found out how Victorians were being poisoned by their own homes.

13 June 2017 horizontal rule

Dickens in Carrara

This July, I’ll be one of the speakers at the International Dickens Fellowship Conference in Carrara, Italy. I’ll be talking about Dickens and the Pre-Raphaelites. http://www.dickenscarrara.it/en/programme/

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My Guardian article

In case you missed it the first time, here is my article on Charles Dickens and the Women Who Made Him:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/06/charles-dickens-and-the-women-who-made-him

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Picton Little Theatre

Thank you to the Picton Little Theatre for inviting me to speak about Dickens in their beautiful Marlborough Sounds town, on the South Island of New Zealand. The theatre might be ‘little’ but the audience was huge! It was standing room only and a superb atmosphere (helped by the mulled wine, after all, it is Winter over here).

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Auckland Writers’ Festival

The Auckland Writers’ Festival was amazing and inspirational. Thank you to Anne and the team for inviting me. What an incredible week!

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Princess Louise – summer school

On 3 August, I’ll be leading a workshop on “Princess Louise and Other Remarkable Women” at the Gerrards Cross Summer School in Buckinghamshire.
http://www.gerrardscrosssummerschool.co.uk/ssprogramme/index.html#D58

 

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Dickens in Auckland

I’ll be talking about Charles Dickens and his Circle at the Auckland Writers’ Festival on 19 May:  http://www.writersfestival.co.nz/programmes/event/on-charles-lucinda-hawksley/331132/ Tickets are on sale now.

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Auckland Writers Festival

I am so pleased to have been invited to speak about “Charles Dickens and his Circle” at the Auckland Writer’s Festival in New Zealand. My event will take place at 5.30pm on Friday 19 May; tickets are on sale now. http://www.writersfestival.co.nz/programmes/event/on-charles-lucinda-hawksley/331132/

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The Writer Abroad

Last night I launched my new book The Writer Abroad, an anthology of historic travel writing, from authors as diverse in time and style as Herodotus and Roald Dahl. It’s being published by the British Library on 23 February, this photo has just been tweeted by the library – the start of the book signing after the event.

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Sexual Harassment on Planes: BBC 5 Live radio

Last night I was invited onto the Phil Williams Show on radio BBC 5 Live, to talk about my recent experience of being harassed by a male passenger, on a British Airways flight from India (an experience over which BA have really lost my former customer loyalty). Almost no airlines have made an effort to give their staff training about how to deal with, or help, customers who are assaulted on their flights and I was shocked to discover only THREE airlines even bother to record incidents of sexual harassment on their flights! http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08dnpmh

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The Writer Abroad

My next book, The Writer Abroad, is being published by British Library Books in February 2017. I’ve just received my first author copy and it looks beautiful, with such a gorgeously tactile cover. It is an anthology of historic travel writing and shows how much our view of the world has changed as travel and tourism have evolved. On 13 February, I’m giving a talk about it at the British Library. Tickets are on sale now.

https://www.bl.uk/events/the-writer-abroad

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“India would have inspired Dickens”

I’m excited to be speaking at the Jaipur Literature Festival this month. I’ve just been reminded of an interview I did for The Times of India, when I was travelling there in 2011.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/India-would-have-inspired-Dickens/articleshow/8333050.cms

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Radio NZ interview 7 Jan 2017

This weekend I was interviewed (by the magic of Skype) by Lynn Freeman on Radio NZ. We talked about my book Charles Dickens and his Circle. You can listen to it here, wherever you are in the world.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/the-weekend/audio/201829405/charles-dickens’-great-great-great-granddaughter

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