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.
With Boz in Oz; Charles Dickens’ Colonial Connections the next Dickens Fellowship International Conference taking place in Sydney, NSW, 25-30 October 2018 be sure to save the dates and join us for what will be a fantastic conference!
Book your tickets online at www.bozinoz.com or download the booking form
The conference was launched on Dickens’ 206th Birthday Celebrations which took place on Wednesday 7 February 2018 in front of Dickens’ statue at Sydney’s Centennial Park by Dr John Vallance, NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive.
Exciting coverage on the upcoming conference:
‘Miss Havisham a Sydneysider? Dickens’ Australian links get an airing’ The Guardian
‘Conference celebrating life and works of Charles Dickens comes to Sydney’ Sydney Morning Herald
‘Great Expectations’ For Sydney’s First Charles Dickens International Conference State Library of NSW
‘Celebrating Charles Dickens at Centennial Park for his 206th Birthday’ Centennial Parklands
We warmly welcome any visitors who would like to attend our meetings which are held in the Sydney Room, Sydney Tattersalls Club, 194 – 204 Pitt Street (near Market Street), Sydney. Refreshments from 10am, meetings commence at 10.30am; $5 for members, $10 for non-members.
Dickens members enjoy the camaraderie and fellowship which our meetings encourage; many staying on for lunch (at 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, usually 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 we have short readings from the ‘Book of the Year’; we also occasionally 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 bi-monthly newsletter Household Words to coincide with each meeting.
Boz in Oz, which includes articles written by the members themselves, has been our yearly journal published 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.
I would like to join your society, I live in Brisbane and admire Charles Dickens’ writings. Recently I have adapted one story from David Copperfield as a one act play (40 minutes), which I also directed. It has four characters David, Mr Micawber, Uriah Heep & Agnes Wickfield.
NSWDS – who already has one Brisbane member – would welcome you as another Brisbane member. So we hope that you’ll fill out the form which can be found on the Membership page.
Hi, I’d just like to know if there’s a meeting before October 2018?
Good to hear from you Jade, Yes there will be meetings in February, April, June, August and early October prior to the conference. Details will be advertised following our Christmas lunch on 2 December; please let me know if you’d like those details as we welcome guests to join us for the festivities. Cheers, Michelle
Can you please confirm that I am booked in to attend the Christmas lunch as I have not received confirmation or a ticket, but my cheque has been banked.
Good to hear from you John. Yes, I can confirm that you have booked and paid to attend our Christmas lunch. We do not send out tickets but your name will be at the door of Cellos Restaurant, Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh St, Sydney. We look forward to seeing you on 2 December for a Victorian Christmas celebration.
Thank you Michelle
Looking forward to it.
Please can you post details of the October conference. We need to know the price and if it includes accommodation. Thank you.
Kathie La Rooij
president of Christchurch (NZ) Dickens fellowship