Lambeth libraries celebrate the life of Charles Dickens

A packed programme of events celebrating the life and work of Charles Dickens is taking part in libraries across Lambeth this month.

2012 marks the 200th anniversary of the author’s birth, and to celebrate, Lambeth Council’s library service is inviting people to find out more about the author’s life and work as part of Cityread – London’s first ever pan-London community reading festival.

Highlights include a Hip Hop Dickens workshop at Brixton Library on April 3rd, run by The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company, a music theatre production company aimed at exploring the social, cultural and linguistic parallels between the works of literature and that of modern day rappers.

This workshop will focus on producing bespoke music and spoken word pieces inspired by the idea of Dickens as an important English social commentator and in this way look at Dickens approach to social commentary through the use of storytelling shared with spoken word artists and MCs today. 

Other events include Oliver Twist workshops run by the Freshwater Theatre company where young people can learn more about one of Dickens’ best loved and enduring books, and ‘The Dickensian Classroom’ that will give modern-day pupils an experience of what school life was like for their Victorian counterparts. There will also be a number of talks that explore Dickens’ time in Lambeth.

For a full programme see the website


Tim O’ Dell, Lambeth Council Reader Development Officer, said: “It’s impossible to underestimate the legacy of Charles Dickens and the impact his writing had on Victorian society. Lambeth libraries will be celebrating the great man through a packed programme of events that celebrate his work. All the events are free and there really is something for everyone so we’d urge people to pick up a programme in your local library today or download it from the website.”



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