Tuesday, 26 June 2012
12.45pm, London Jewish Cultural Centre
What was it like to attend the Olympics in 388BC? Would the experience resemble Olympic festivals as we celebrate them today? Through an insight into his remarkable book A Visitor's Guide to the Ancient Olympics; historian and archaeologist Neil Faulkner guides us back to the heyday of classical Greek civilization to discover what the Greeks did and didn’t do during five thrilling days in August 2,400 years ago. He gives a complete tour of the Olympic site exactly as athletes and spectators found it. To those who are looking forward to London 2012, the spectacle of attending the Games in 388 BC would have been a real eye opener. Come and find out more.
Monday, 18 June 2012
11am - 8pm, V&A Museum of Childhood, London
Dickens was a perceptive observer of the stages of child development, and records his own incoherent and overwhelming feelings of love, joy, fear and pain in his great novels of childhood: David Copperfield and Great Expectations. He was himself the father of 10 children, one of whom died in infancy. His writing swarms with babies, infants and children, scrabbling their way to maturity in the bewildering adult world. The V&A Museum of Childhood is hosting a one-day conference on 'Dickens and Childhood'. The day will include walks, lectures, readings, and parallel sessions on topics that will appeal to students, Dickens experts, and the ‘common reader.’ The line-up of speakers includes the acclaimed Dickens biographer Michael Slater.
Friday, 08 June 2012
2pm, West Lane Baptist Centre, Haworth
To mark the 2012 Dickens bicentenary, Professor Michael Slater, author of the critically acclaimed biography Charles Dickens, will be exploring the connections between Dickens and the Brontës at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Keighley, West Yorkshire. Slater is the world's leading expert on Dickens, and according to Claire Tomalin, author of the successful biography Charles Dickens: A Life, "no living person is a greater authority on the life and works of Charles Dickens than Michael Slater." For those interested in 19th century British literature, this is a must-see event.