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 Can Alley & Professors’ Walk, University of Melbourne, Parkville

Wednesday March 15th

Introduction to The Pickwick Papers: Elisabeth Neales

In this introduction to The Pickwick Papers, Elisabeth Neales will outline the plot and introduce the main characters. This will be interspersed with short readings by members of the Fellowship to remind those who have not read the novel recently and introduce it to those who have never read it.

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: “Mrs Joseph Porter”: Frances Hutson

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) The First Appearance of Dickens in Print, “A Dinner at Poplar Walk”: Elisabeth Neales

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).