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.
17 November 2020 horizontal rule

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.)

8 September 2020 horizontal rule

#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.

2 June 2020 horizontal rule

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

30 January 2019 horizontal rule

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/


2 January 2019 horizontal rule

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

1 June 2018 horizontal rule

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

4 May 2018 horizontal rule

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

22 March 2018 horizontal rule

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).

13 June 2017 horizontal rule

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/

19 March 2017 horizontal rule

© Lucinda Hawksley 2021. Last updated 15 March 2021.