The next meeting of the Rochester and Chatham Dickens Fellowship (R&CDF) is on Thursday the 17th of January 7.15 for a 7.30 start. The meeting is in the Education Room of Dickens World in Chatham includes a talk by author, walk guide and historian Mr Ian Porter. Non Members are welcome for a small fee. For details of the R&CDF or for non-members to attend contact the Hon. Secretary Mr Steve Martin on 01474 834164.

Ian Porter – Dickens London

Ian Porters talk is in three parts. The first section is about Dickens’ life, mostly as a youngster, including details of the London he arrived at in 1822, comparing ‘Dickensian’ with ‘Victorian’ London. The second section is an armchair ‘walk’ around the London of today telling of places still here that were used by Dickens. The third section is about Dickensian London and Dickens philanthropy to help improve it.

Ian is a novelist, historian and walks guide. He has a degree in history and his particular interest is 19th and early 20th century history, and in particular working class social history and women’s history. His first novel was set in the East End slums of 1888, and this led him to do public speaking about the old East End, and from there he started doing Jack the Ripper walks. His second novel is set in the world of Suffragettes and includes some scenes set on the Titanic, which led him to doing Suffragette walks and talks and Titanic talks (difficult to do Titanic walks!). He also enjoys both researching and guiding the walks that has recently set up a web-site with 20 different walks on it. He has several more to add when he gets time. His walks include a Dickens walk in the Chancery Lane, Holborn, Clerkenewell area, and also a Shakespeare’s & Dickens’ Southwark walk. For more information on Ian and his walks (London Town Walks), go to: