Talk at Smithdown Litfest: Dickens and Travel

Date: 22 September 2023
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: St Barnabas Penny Lane Church, Smithdown Place Liverpool L18 1LZ

A unique opportunity to hear author Lucinda Hawksley in conversation about her great great great grandfather Charles Dickens.

From childhood, Charles Dickens was fascinated by tales from other countries and other cultures, and he longed to see the world. Lucinda Hawksley talks about her latest book, Dickens and Travel, which looks at the journeys made by the author, and how they influenced his writing and enriched his life.

Although Dickens is usually perceived as a London author, in the 1840s he whisked his family away to live in Italy for a year, and spent several months in Switzerland. Some years later he took up residence in Paris and Boulogne (where he lived in secret with his lover). In addition to travelling widely in Europe (including, of course, Liverpool), he also toured America twice, performed onstage in Canada and, before his untimely death, was planning a tour of Australia.

There will be the opportunity to buy Lucinda’s book and have it signed during the event.

All proceeds from this event will go to Smithdown in Bloom.