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Manchester Meeting

Tuesday 2 December, 2014, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

“Of all the good days in the year”: Rediscovering Dickens’s A Christmas Carol

A talk by Dr Michael Sanders

Everyone knows – or thinks they know – Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.  This talk examines the origins of Dickens’s most famous novella and the artistic, social and financial motivations behind its creation, to reveal a darker core to this much-loved tale.

This will be followed at 2.15 by a “Carolathon”, in aid of the homeless charity, Shelter.

The whole of Dickens’ s  A Christmas Carol” is read by a roster of volunteers taking it in turns to read a passage: each passage takes about 5 to 10 minutes. The whole book takes about 3.5 hours including a couple of breaks. In previous years, they’ve done it in partnership with Central Library and the Friends Meeting House but this year the Gaskell Society and Cross Street Chapel are to be involved.

Mike is hoping that some Gaskell Society members and some audience members might like to read a passage. Reading the novel would then take 3.5 hours and in previous years people have “come and gone” during the reading, but many came back at the end to hear the final passages!

This seems to be an excellent event, so we hope many members would like to be involved. If you wish to do a reading please contact

£3 members, £4 visitors – visitors are always very welcome!

The chapel opens its doors at 12.00, so if you’d like to bring along a sandwich and join us for lunch, you’ll be very welcome.


Tuesday 2 December, 2014
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Cross Street Chapel
Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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