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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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© Lucinda Hawksley 2021. Last updated 15 March 2021.