We are a literary society which aims to knit together in a common bond of friendship lovers of that great master of humour and pathos, Charles Dickens. The NSW Dickens Society is a branch of the International Dickens Fellowship.
We always warmly welcome any visitors who would like to attend any of our meetings which are held on the 1st Floor, Castlereagh Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney (near the junction with Park Street). Morning tea from 10am, meetings commence at 10.30am.
Dickens members enjoy the camaraderie and fellowship which our meetings encourage; many staying on for lunch (at our own expense) following the meetings.
Our patron is Miriam Margolyes OBE
Our first branch meeting took place on 26 October 2002 and membership has grown since then. We usually have six meetings throughout the year, our last one in December being a Christmas Lunch, held jointly with the Australian Brontë Association.
Each year we nominate a Dickens ‘Book of the Year’. Members vote for their preferred Dickens book; the book receiving the most votes becoming the ‘Book of the Year’. At each meeting members give short readings from the ‘Book of the Year’; we also show clips of the movie versions if the book in question has been made into a movie. This is followed by a speaker who will discuss various aspects of Dickens life and times. However we are not academics who know everything about Charles Dickens , but are just enthusiastic amateurs who enjoy reading and talking about him and his writings.
We publish a members only newsletter ‘Household Words’ to coincide with each meeting.
‘Boz in Oz’, which includes articles written by the members themselves, has been a yearly publication since its inception in 2004. It is now distributed each February at the first meeting of the year. For those member who provide a stamped self addressed envelope in A4 size, it can also be posted.