Dickens Readers Day
Sunday 4th November, 10.30am-4.00pm
Lancaster Library, Market Square, Lancaster LA1 1HY
We’re still in the bicentenary year of the great Charles Dickens and to celebrate, Lancashire County Council in conjunction with The Reading Agency are holding a National Readers Day themed around the man and his works.
At his time, Dickens was considered to be a social commentator of the highest order, using his writing to highlight issues that affected society. His work remains as relevant and influential today, having the power to move and affect deeply.
As part of the programme of the Dickens Readers Day, the question of exactly how much of an impact the works of Dickens has on readers, in groups or individually, will be addressed. ‘Why Read Dickens?’ will be a panel considering precisely this matter, and will feature The Reader Organisation’s Literary Learning Manager Casi Dylan, who has read many of Dickens’ novels within her various Get Into Reading groups and in Read to Lead training over the years, and has written about her experiences of exploring Dickens through shared reading for The Reader magazine.
Casi will join Sandy Mahal of The Reading Agency and Janet Swan of Lancashire Libraries for this insightful panel kicking off the start of the day at 10.50am. Casi will also be holding a workshop on experiencing Dickens aloud – there’ll be the chance to read Dombey & Son as part of a Dickens-themed shared reading group at 11.25am. There’s a packed programme for the day – a wonderful way to mark Charles’s 200th year.
The cost of the event is £7.50 (free to members of Lancashire Reading Groups) For more information about the Dickens Readers Day, see the Lancashire County Council website or click the information brochure below.