Book festival launched with Dickensian theme

Darlington and Stockton Times: FESTIVAL BEGINS: Author Judith Flanders starts the Durham Book Festival at the Bowes Museum with Professor Simon James FESTIVAL BEGINS: Author Judith Flanders starts the Durham Book Festival at the Bowes Museum with Professor Simon James

THE author of a book about London in Charles Dickens’ day visited a County Durham town as part of a literature festival.

Judith Flanders, author of The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens’ London, visited the Bowes Museum, in Barnard Castle on Saturday as part of the Durham Book Festival.

Her book, which comprises both fact and fiction, tells the story of street-life in 19th Century London based around the time of Dickens. In a talk chaired by Professor Simon James, Ms Flanders discussed her work with the audience.

Dickens visited Teesdale in February 1838 with his illustrator Hablot Browne to research schools for his book Nicholas Nickleby.

The pair spent several days in the area, visiting Barnard Castle, nearby Bowes and Greta Bridge.

The Durham Book Festival runs until Tuesday, October 30, at a variety of venues around the county. For more information on events, visit durhambook festival.com

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