Learn about Charles Dickens’ wife

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A FREE talk exploring the life and times of Mrs Charles Dickens will take place tomorrow.

The event is being held at the University of Portsmouth.

It’s organised by the University’s Centre for Studies in Literature (CSL) as part of a conference exploring lesser-known aspects of Dickens’ life and work.

Biographer and academic, Lillian Nayder, is the author of a book about Catherine Hogarth, who was Charles Dickens’ wife and mother of his ten children.

She will be giving a talk about her relationship to Charles, from whom she later separated following an affair.

Orange and Booker Prize nominee, writer Gaynor Arnold will also debate the cultural afterlife of Mrs Charles Dickens.

She is author of Girl in a Blue Dress, a novel which covers Dickens’s life from the viewpoint of his estranged wife.

A drinks reception will take place at the Portland Building in Portland Street from 7am.

The talk will then be held nearby at The Hub in the Dennis Sciama Building at 7.30pm.

Book a place at the talk by visiting port.ac.uk/special/dickens2012/specialevents