In this blog post we announce a Global Dickens read-a-thon which takes place today, 7 February, over Twitter. If you’re interested, please read on or have a look at the British Council Literature website, where you can find more details on the subject.
A global 24 hour read-a-thon of different Dickens texts takes place today, Tuesday 7 February over Twitter, in celebratation the bicentenary of the great writer’s birth in every corner of the world. Twenty-four countries will read an extract of the work of this truly global author, from China to Albania, Pakistan to Russia. All readings will be uploaded onto the @BritishCouncil twitter feed and onto the #Dickens2012 stream: on the hour, every hour. The readings will carry on until 6 am tomorrow morning.
If you missed out on today’s events, don’t worry, as there’ll be many more to come. You can, for example, watch a British Council event, Bent and broken into a better shape: the magical storytelling of Charles Dickens, with Jeremy Harmer and Steve Bingham online. They will bring Dickens’ writing to life through readings and music, in a show designed especially (but not exclusively) for teachers and students of international English. You can follow the event live at www.teachingenglish.org.uk/dickens from 1845 on Thursday 9 February.
And as for past events, there is plenty of interesting video material on the British Council Germany website. From 26-28 January they hosted a seminar entitled What would Dickens write today?
Or, if you’re looking for a nice and quick presentation of Dickens’ life, have a look at this wonderful video: