Charles Dickens: A Birthday Celebration

The School of English at Bangor University will be celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens (1812-1870) on Tuesday 7 February by showing two rarely seen early film adaptations of his works.

The event, which will start at 5pm and will be held in Lecture Room 5 in the Main Arts Building, will feature screenings of ‘Scrooge, Or, Marley’s Ghost’ (1901, 4 mins) and ‘Oliver Twist’ (1909, 9 mins) as well as readings from some of his most famous works, including ‘The Shipwreck’ inspired by his visit to Anglesey in 1859.

There will be an exhibition of rare Dickens material from the University's Rare Books collection later in the Semester.

English lecturer Stephen Colclough said: “Charles Dickens is one of the most important figures in British literary history, brilliantly combining the skills of the journalist, editor and novelist. It is for this reason that the School of English at Bangor has chosen to mark the bicentenary of Dicken's birth with a series of events including a birthday celebration on the big day (7 February) and a subsequent exhibition'.

Publication date: 6 February 2012