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Created by Tony Jordan and starring Stephen Rea, Tuppence Middleton and Caroline Quentin, the drama series Dickensian ran on BBC television from 2015 until 2016. Each of the twenty episodes is an original reimagining of Charles Dickens’ critically acclaimed novels, bringing together iconic characters from different works and allowing them to interact in new plot lines and scenarios based in the evocative atmosphere of nineteenth-century London.
BookTalk will be hosting two excellent speakers to explore the series, Dickens’ novels, and questions of adaptation for television:
- Prof. Holly Furneaux (School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff): expert in nineteenth-century literature and academic adviser to Dickensian.
- Dr Ruth McElroy (University of South Wales): expert in television studies and Director of the Creative Industries Research Institute at USW.
There will be a showing of extracts from the show, conversation between Ruth and Holly, and then the opportunity for audience questions and discussion. You may like to read a Dickens novel of your choice, re-read your favourite or even watch Dickensian in preparation for the session.
As usual, the main event will be preceded by a reception with tea, coffee and biscuits at 6.30pm in Cardiff University’s School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Maindy Road, Cardiff CF24 4HQ.
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Cardiff BookTalk is a University book group with a difference – we discuss expert perspectives and readers’ ideas about the big ideas in a range of classic and contemporary fiction.
Originally established by Cardiff University in 2011, Cardiff BookTalk has been run by the School of English, Communication and Philosophy since spring 2015. BookTalkers listen to diverse interdisciplinary research topics which expand on themes in the very best classic and contemporary literature. Each speaker addresses the books from their own specialism, and this can lead to fascinating insights about the literary, social and cultural implications of the novels we read. The talks, given by University academics who are specialists in their field, as well as other expert speakers, will be followed by an open discussion session with the audience, and we want as many people to share their perspectives as possible. If you’re interested in discussing the big ideas behind great books, and want to discover new ways of looking at novels, then join us for our next session!