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See below for our LIVE streaming link to the seminar 'What Would Dickens Write Today?'

Join some of Britain's best contemporary writers as they meet in Berlin today to discuss that very question over the course of three days, close to the bicentenary of Dickens' birth.

Related project: Dickens 2012

Join the discussion at and put your questions to the authors at #dickens2012.

A.S. Byatt, Claire Tomalin, Philip Hensher, Denise Mina, David Nicholls, Louise Doughty, Toby Litt and John Burnside will all be converging on the ancient city of Berlin to read and discuss Dickens' presence in contemporary writing today. Professor John Mullan from University College London will chair the three-day seminar that begins on 26 January.

The lively literary experience will combine readings, talks, a panel discussion and workshops, and all this will be available for online viewers to share in and stream live.

As well as following the debate, online viewers will have the chance to post questions to the authors via our blog, Facebook and Twitter. Follow proceedings as they unfold on Twitter at  #dickens2012 and @bc_germany. Send in your questions and comments and let us put them to the writers.

Dickens was one of the greatest of Victorians, but this seminar is about the Dickens who continues to be our contemporary. What do today’s writers still learn from him?

Professor John Mullan