Syllabus of Meetings 2018

Members of the Melbourne Dickens Fellowship hold regular meetings at The Faichney Room

Toorak Uniting Church, 603 Toorak Rd, Toorak, Victoria starting 7:30pm for 7:45pm
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Event / Presentation

February 9th Birthday Dinner
March 21st Introduction to Little Dorrit: Elisabeth Neales
Little Dorrit is our book of the year. Elisabeth Neales will outline the plot and introduce the main characters. Short readings by members of the Fellowship will remind those who have not read the novel recently and introduce it to those who have never read it.
April 18th Prisons: Nita Jawary
The talk examines prisons in their various manifestations in the world of Little Dorrit. While centred on The Marshalsea Prison, Little Dorrit winds its threads around characters imprisoned in many ways: psychologically, emotionally, socially, physically, economically and spiritually.
May 16th Miss Wade: Alan Dilnot
Why was Dickens so determined to give Miss Wade her own narrative, despite having to force it into the book? She is one of Dickens’s first person narrators and Dr Alan Dilnot will compare Miss Wade’s story and upbringing with those of Arthur Clennam and Little Dorrit. He will also investigate the question of her sexuality. Finally, does Dickens condemn Miss Wade?
June 20th Fathers and Daughters: Patricia Wiltshire
July 18th The President’s Night: Dennis Marriott
August 15th Venice in Shakespeare, Jonson and Dickens: Alan Dilnot
September 19th Annual General Meeting
Presentation of the Charles Dickens Prize from the Ormond Butler Bequest
Aspects of London when Dickens was in his Twenties: Trevor Morton
October 17th Dickens and Horses: Andrew Gemmell
Dickens wrote about a variety of horses, including the iron horse and the occasional donkey.
November 21st Mind the movement: Veronica Delafosse
This will describe cognition and motor disorders like Tourette’s, Parkinson’s and dementia with reference to characters from Little Dorrit. In some cases Dickens described the symptoms of conditions science had yet to identify. It will be interspersed with readings and audiovisual delights.
December 12th Christmas Party
Traditional readings, music, presents, raffle and supper.