Syllabus of Meetings 2024

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 unless the event is for members only. 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 9th

The Dickens 212th Birthday Commemoration Dinner: Guest Speaker: Dr Stephen Cordner speaking on a forensic view of the deaths in Oliver Twist

6:30pm for 7:00pm, Matthaei Room, University House, Cnr Tin Alley & 112 Professors’ Walk, University of Melbourne, Parkville.

Wednesday March 20th

Introduction to Oliver Twist (for Members only): Andrew Gemmell

Wednesday April 17th

What’s in a name? From orphan to adoptee: Oliver Fleming Leeford Monks Twist Brownlow: Veronica Delafosse

Wednesday May 15th

Mrs Joseph Porter: Frances Hudson

Wednesday June 19th

An Evening in Venice with Dickens, Byron, Shelley, Turner, Shakespeare (and others before and since): Barbara Sharpe

Wednesday July 17th

The President’s Night: Brian Ruck

The first biography of Dickens was by Forster, published shortly after Dickens’s death. In the intervening 150 years or so (a weary while), countless versions of his life have been written and published, all largely saying the same things. But at last, there is a new book, The Life and Lies of Charles Dickens, by young Oxford scholar Helena Kelly, which in some aspects paints quite a refreshingly different picture of the man and his life. We shall have a look at the traditional ‘knowledge’ and compare it with Kelly’s version of Dickens’s life.

Wednesday August 21st

Oliver Twist – the evolution of a narrative: Jennifer Johnston

A reflection on the prelude, main act and postlude of Oliver Twist focusing on selected passages and writings on the novel from the era and beyond.

Wednesday September 18th

(for Members only)

(1) Annual General Meeting and Elections

(2) Title and Speaker to be confirmed

Wednesday October 16th

The fabulous Fagins: Terry Hayes

Wednesday November 20th

Child portraiture in word and image: 1830-1870: Barbara Sharpe

Wednesday December 11th (Second Wednesday)

Christmas Party (for Members only)

Traditional Readings, Quiz, Singing, and Supper.