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Charles Dickens, Leicester and his Public Readings

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Bishop Street Church

10a Bishop Street

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Leicester

LE1 6AF

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Charles Dickens, Leicester and his Public Readings - a talk by Dr John Florance

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After a difficult start in life, Dickens achieved fame in his mid-20s as a writer. He also edited a weekly journal for 20 years and became an accomplished performer of his own works. Dickens’ first paying reading tour took place in 1858. This exhaustive countrywide tour earned him more than £10,000. He visited Leicester and read from ‘A Christmas Carol’ in the Temperance Hall. This talk will focus on Dickens' rather ambivalent attitude to railways, how he saw their significance in his writings, and how they facilitated his famous reading tours across the country.

John Florance came to Leicester to teach English at a Sixth Form College. He has been involved in broadcasting on Radios Two and Four, and for over 20 years on Radio Leicester. John has a PhD from the University of Wales for his research into 20th century drama and was awarded an Honorary Degree for services to local journalism by the University of Leicester a few years ago.

All our meetings and activities are open to all, whether or not they are members of the Victorian Society. There is no admission charge, but we do ask for a contribution of £2.50 per person to assist towards room hire and other expenses. Seasonal refreshments will be available before this meeting, so please arrive 7.00 - 7.15.

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