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Here, you’ll find events and programmes in celebration of the bi-centennial anniversary of Charles Dickens.

Musicity 2012 – Punchdrunk & SOTA audio tours

In celebration of Musicity 2012, Punchdrunk and SOTA put together these audio tours.

Take in the city through your senses and experience the city in a whole new way!

Punchdrunk @ SOTA – Living Cities Project

April 2012 – Punchdrunk paid a visit to SOTA as part of Dickens 2012. Take a peek at the activities that went on and stay tuned for the launch of Musicity!

Read more about the students journeys here: http://sotaliterature.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/the-uncommercial-traveller/

The Launch of Dickens 2012 at The Arts House
If you missed the launch of Dickens 2012 at The Arts House, here’s a taste of the Victorian-themed evening of performance, readings and celebration. All inspired by the imaginative tales of Charles Dickens.


http://writingthecity.sg/genre/others/dickens-2012-launch-event/


Articles on the life and works of Charles Dickens (Free Access till 31 May 2012)

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth, Taylor & Francis is offering free access to a selection of articles focusing on the life and works of the classic author. The selection covers a wide range of topics, from Biography to Political Economy, Language Learning to Music.

Access the articles for free here until 31st May 2012: http://bit.ly/dickens2012

Please note that you will need to have a user account on the Taylor & Francis Online website to access the articles. Set up of the account is free. Register here.

Dickens 2012: Literary TalkCharles Dickens: Through the Eyes of a Child’ (Updated Timing)

Come down to The Arts House for the Dickens Literary Talk on the life and works of one of Britain’s most well-read authors.

Charles Dickens: Through the eyes of a Child

One of the best things about Dickens writings was his ability to write through a child’s eyes. Through his larger than life descriptions, and depictions of the absurd ways adults act and behave from the perspective of a child, Dickens draws us into a child’s world of heroes and villains, into magical places and fortunes lost and found.

About the speaker: Matthew Winchester is the Deputy Manager at the British Council (Marsling) where he has worked for six years. Prior to joining the British Council Singapore, Matthew worked in Japan as teacher, a teacher trainer and the Assistant Director of Studies at a school. He studied psychology at the University of Plymouth and specialised in non-verbal communication, and children with learning and behavioural difficulties.

Date: Saturday, 18 February 2012
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: The Arts House, Screening Room

Dickens 2012 on 938Live

Charles Dickens is considered by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period, and one of the most influential writers of all time.  On the 7th of February 2012, it will be the 200th anniversary of his birthday, and a worldwide bash has been organised to celebrate the man and his writings. But how relevant is Charles Dickens to modern Singapore? Listen to the clip here.

Dickens 2012: Film Festival (Screening Schedule)

The Dickens Film Festival will run from 16 February to 3 March 2012. All films will be screened at The Arts House (Screening Room) and are free-admission to public. Seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Date Day Time Movie
16-Feb Thu 7.30pm Great Expectations (1946)
17-Feb Fri 7.30pm A Tale of Two Cities (1958)
18-Feb Sat 3pm David Copperfield (1999) Part 1 – 90mins
7.30pm David Copperfield (1999) Part 2 – 90 mins
19-Feb Sun 3pm Oliver! (1968)
23-Feb Thu 7.30pm Great Expectations (1998)
24-Feb Fri 7.30pm Our Mutual Friend (1921)
25-Feb Sat 3pm Little Dorrit (1988) Part 1 – 180mins
7.30pm Little Dorrit (1988) Part 2 – 180mins
26-Feb Sun 3pm The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
01-Mar Thu 7.30pm Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (1951)
02-Mar Fri 7.30pm Gu Xing Xue Lei (An Orphan’s Tragedy) (1955)
03-Mar Sat 3pm Oliver! (1968)
7.30pm Gu Xing Xue Lei (An Orphan’s Tragedy) (1955)

Dickens 2012: Official Launch Event at The Arts House

To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens on 7 February 2012, The British Council (Writing the City) and The Arts House are hosting a launch reception for Dickens 2012. Enjoy a Victorian evening of performance, readings and celebration, all inspired by the imaginative tales of one of the worlds’ most read authors. Please email writingthecity@civiclife.sg for more information.

Our mutual friend: Charles Dickens at 200

What do butter-fingers, cross-fire, a slow coach, and dustbins have in common? Charles Dickens, apparently. Over 200 words and phrases owe their first appearance in print to him. Read the full article by the Guardian here.

Simon Costin’s Dickensian Street Scene

As part of its Dickens and London exhibition, the Museum of London has commissioned set designer Simon Costin to create a suitably Dickensian street scene as a window display of its City Gallery premises at 150 London Wall. View the full article and cityscape pictures here.

The ‘Sketches by Boz’ project has begun

As part of the bicentenary celebrations next year the British Council has launched a global programme to document the city, as Dickens did in his sketches. His short narratives captured an essence of the city and propelled him to public notice. Find out more about this project here.

Competition Deadline Extended!

Writing the City’s Creative Writing Competition to Celebrate Dickens 2012: The Bicentennial Anniversary of Charles Dickens
Open to entries in English, Malay, Mandarin & Tamil

To mark the 2012 bicentennial anniversary of one of Britain’s most beloved writers, Writing the City invites you to step into the imaginative world of Charles Dickens and write a present-day character sketch, taking inspiration from one of Dickens’ characters. Click here for more details and prizes. Competition deadline: 21 January 2012.

Charles Dickens is considered by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period, and one of the most influential writers of all time.

On the 7thof February 2012, it will be the 200thanniversary of his birthday, and a worldwide bash has been organised to celebrate the man and his writings.

But how relevant is Charles Dickens to modern Singapore?