Time Travel Is Lit(erary) at the Riverside Dickens Fest

Don your Victorian best and join a line-up of bookly happenings.

Riverside Dickens Festival

IF YOU KNOW YOUR DICKENS, and you can talk through "Great Expectations" with any other hardcore fan, one minor plot point at a time, and you can spend an hour delving into the motivations of The Artful Dodger from "Oliver Twist," and you've often thought of Marley's deeper back story, the Marley who comes to visit Scrooge in the night in "A Christmas Carol," then you surely have wished for a place where you can fully express all of your Dickensian longings. Perhaps you've found such a place online, in various literary forums, or maybe your neighborhood book group has vowed to admirably take on both "Little Dorrit" and "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" in the coming year. But if you are looking for a more lavish expression of the lit-rich period, of Charles Dickens-oriented discussions, and a place to wear your Victorian best, point your dapper walking cane or silk fan in the direction of Riverside, where the Silver Jubilee of the...

RIVERSIDE DICKENS FESTIVAL... will unfurl, grandly and with oodles of pomp, over the final weekend of February 2018. Indeed, that's the 24th and 25th, and as is tradition, there shall be royal sightings (Queen Victoria has been known to show) as well as an appearance by the good author himself. Events include hobnobbing with a host of Victorian-era authors, strolling a London marketplace, attending a "Dickens 101" lecture, calling upon a ye olde pop-up tavern, and the Great Dickens Character Parade. "Great Expectations" is the book featured at the 25th annual festival, do note. And do note that events are both of the highly brow and of the not-so-serious assortment, which means you can design your weekend in the way you wish. Certain happenings, like the "Escape from Miss Havisham's Attic!," do require a ticket, so unhand that silk fan and look over the whole lot before riding for Riverside.

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