San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Dickens and Parliament
18:30 - 20:00, Wednesday 21st November
Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, London SW1A 2LW
This year marked the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens, heralded one of the greatest novelists in British history. We know him for classics such as Oliver Twist, David Copperfield and a Tale of Two Cities, but what we don't know is where he began his prodigious writing career. Before indulging in murky tales about subterranean London, Dickens toiled in the gallery of the House of Commons as a Parliamentary reporter for the Morning Chronicle, recording in earnest each detail of the day's business. But what can we learn from Dickens' experiences in what was then a cold, damp and somewhat bleak House? How may this less glamorous career have influenced his later works? And what did he think of Parliament and the Parliamentary process?
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Founded in 1944, the Hansard Society is a charity working in the UK and around the world to promote democracy and strengthen parliaments. An independent, non-partisan political research and education Society, our work is rooted in the belief that the health of representative democracy rests on the foundation of a strong Parliament and an informed and engaged citizenry.