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Discover Dickens Challenge

To mark the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens in February, Poole Libraries are inviting their readers to rediscover his tales for themselves.

Starting with a series of reading sessions featuring extracts from his novels and short stories, four free sessions will be held at Poole Central Library every Tuesday in February - 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 3.30-4.30pm. After this brief taste of his writing, the library is challenging people to read at least one of his novels during the anniversary year.

One of our best-loved storytellers, Dickens may be best known today through film and television adaptations, but his books contain much more than the screen can convey. They are full of richly drawn settings, gloriously eccentric characters, dramatic events, humour, pathos and searing social commentary. Many of his books first came out in serial form and were the soap operas of their day with an enormous cast of characters, plots and subplots and a vast following among the reading public.

The bicentenary is an opportunity to rediscover the pleasure enjoyed by those Victorian audiences.

Councillor Judy Butt, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Public Engagement and Participation, said: "Charles Dickens legacy of stories that enable us to see life from other people’s perspective and understand their point of view is timeless.  I shall be rising to the challenge of re reading one of his famous tomes, do join me and revisit  perhaps a time of your childhood where imagination and that vital torch to read after lights out were all your needed"!

To reserve your place at one of the reading sessions, please email   centrallibrary@poole.gov.uk or call Poole Central Library on 01202 262421.


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