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Competition Final

Gerald Charles Dickens

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Writing competition: for children 6 years or older:

Charles Dickens short story competition: Mr. Dickens reads the winning entries


Charles Dickens drew on many lessons learnt from his tough childhood and was a great observer of people, events, hardships and triumphs across his life. 2024 will mark the 175th anniversary of Charles and Catherine Dickens spending their summer on the Isle of Wight with their eight children whilst writing the next instalment of David Copperfield. A challenge was extended to children in Year 5 (9 and 10 year olds) to write a short story, in no more than 500 words, on any topic - past, present or future. Hear the winning entries brought to life as actor, Gerald Dickens, a great, great grandson of Charles Dickens, reads the shortlisted entries. The High Sheriff, Dawn Haigh Thomas will announce the winner.

Gerald Dickens is an actor, director, producer and author and a great-great grandson of Charles
Dickens. In 1993, he created his first one man show, a theatrical performance of A
Christmas Carol, inspired by Charles Dickens’ own energetic readings of the 1860s’. A
fascination with the life and works of Charles led him to write and direct further one man
shows including ‘Mr. Dickens is Coming!’, Nicholas Nickleby and Sketches by Box.

Gerald regularly perform in major theatres and art centres as web as at hotels and stately
homes. He has appeared in several arts and literary festivals in the UK and has been
entertaining cruise ship passengers worldwide since 2007.

Every person attending needs a ticket.


Charles Dickens short story competition: Mr. Dickens reads the winning entries

Friday 16 February 12.00

Children under 12 must be accompanied.

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