Charles Dickens

  1. A tale of two actors

    A tale of two actors  

    It takes a brave person to turn The Pickwick Papers into a play but it’s been done! LESLEY FINLAY spoke to playwright Nicola Boyce who wrote it and actress Rebecca Wheatley who is acting in it...

  2. Theatre: Great Expectations

    Theatre: Great Expectations  

    How to stage Dickens's wonderful novel? ELENA MOZZATO found out at Bristol Old Vic...

  3. Screen writer’s dream


    The works of Charles Dickens are a screen writer’s dream – with copious character notes, wonderful storylines and dramatic tales. LESLEY FINLAY attended a series of talks that explored this side of the writer...

  4. The spirit of Dickens

    The spirit of Dickens  

    A new exhibition in the British Library explores Charles Dickens’s interest and fascination with the supernatural. LESLEY FINLAY takes a look….

  5. A life with Dickens

    A life with Dickens  

    Sometimes it takes time to understand the brilliance of Charles Dickens. This happened to PAUL WADEY, the Head of English at Gad’s Hill Place, the school which was once the writer’s final home. Here, he shares his Dickens journey…

  6. Book: Hard Times by Charles Dickens

    Book: Hard Times by Charles Dickens  

    Lesley Finlay enjoys another look at Hard Times and marvels at the skill of the Dickens's storytelling...

  7. The tale of Charles Dickens

    The tale of Charles Dickens  

    There is so much going on in 2012 and for us literary types the highlight will be the chance to immerse ourselves in Charles Dickens, to read, to learn and to visit a host of events to mark the bicentenary of the great writer’s birth. LESLEY FINLAY takes a look at the author’s life and times, and introduces some of the events taking place…

  8. The year of Dickens


    One to watch for next year...

  9. Big interview Anthony Horowitz

    Big interview Anthony Horowitz  

    Anthony Horowitz is one of our most celebrated children’s authors. He is also an outspoken advocate for reading and literacy. LESLEY FINLAY enjoyed a chat with him…

  10. Keith Gaines: Facing the facts

    Keith Gaines: Facing the facts  

    Keith Gaines examines Michael Gove's drive to add more facts into the education system. But has the Education Secretary got his facts right..?