Dickens 2012

The British Council is working with over 50 countries worldwide to coordinate an exciting range of educational and cultural events celebrating the bicentenary of the UK's most prolific and influential novelists: Charles Dickens.

To celebrate the bicentenary of Charles Dickens the British Council have coordinated six strands of activity:

1) Global Dickens Read-a-thon

24 readings in 24 hours from across the globe. Oliver Twist in Korea, Hard Times in Iraq, Our Mutual Friend in Syria. You can see all the highlights of the reading marathon from 7th February 2012 here.

2) What Would Dickens Write Today?

Writers across the world are gathering in a series of live literature events to consider how Dickens would fit into today's literary circles.

3) Sketches by Boz : Sketching the City

A global creative writing competition where writers, illustrators, graphic novelists and photographers are considering how would Dickens respond to the ever changing cities in the 21st century? Click here to find out more about Boz.

4) The Uncommercial Traveller : Dickens & Punchdrunk

Punchdrunk and Arcola Theatre join forces with the British Council to explore audio journeys in Pakistan, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore.

5) Dickens On Film

Over 20 countries worldwide from Albania to Zimbabwe are participating in our Dickens film programme which includes silent versions of Oliver Twist and brand new documentaries from Film London.

6) ELT & Dickens

Teaching English have created a whole range of Dickens lesson plans, teaching materials and even brand new documentaries on heroes and villains in Dickens' works.

7) Connecting Classrooms & Dickens

From lesson plans to teaching workshops, British Council Schools Online has so much to offer to celebrate Dickens 2012.





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