Syllabus of Meetings 2023

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

We welcome visitors. Please just come along & announce yourself. (Map)

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Upcoming presentations and speakers are also listed on the home page.



Event / Presentation

Friday February 10th

The Dickens 211th Birthday Commemoration Dinner: Guest Speaker: Peter Groves, Faculty of Arts, School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University.

6:30pm for 7:00pm, University House, Cnr Tin Alley & Professors’ Walk, University of Melbourne, Parkville. Click here for the accompanying slides.

Wednesday March 15th

Introduction to The Pickwick Papers: Brian Ruck

Wednesday April 19th

Reflections on Some of Dickens’s Interpolate Tales in The Pickwick Papers: Alan Dilnot

Wednesday May 17th

Bardell vs Pickwick, A Play: Peter Spriggins

Wednesday June 21st

The President’s Night: Brian Ruck in lieu of Frances – let’s identify autobiographical sections by Dickens that his biographers have not enlightened us about – did he write from lived experience?

Wednesday July 19th

Visualising Pickwick Papers: from Phiz to Noel Langley: Terry Hayes

Wednesday August 16th

(1) Pickwick Syndrome, to Sleep, Perchance to Dream: Veronica Delafosse

(2) “The Tuggs’s at Ramsgate” from Sketches by Boz: Deb Rhodes

Wednesday September 20th

(1) Annual General Meeting and Elections

(2) Another, girly, Pickwick Club: Barbara Sharpe

Wednesday October 18th

Charles Dickens and Hans Christian Andersen: Patricia Wiltshire

Wednesday November 15th

The Landseers and Dickens: Looking at Members of the Landseer Family in Connection to the Life and Works of Dickens: Barbara Sharpe

Wednesday December 13th (Second Wednesday)

Christmas Party (for Members)

Traditional Readings, Quiz, Singing, and Supper (under current COVID-19 restrictions).