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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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’

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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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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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

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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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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

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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