Bringing Dickens off the page

Posted on 4 January 2013

Recordings of members of the public reading extracts from the work of Charles Dickens have been used to create a unique sound poem

Recording in the Dickens Den

As part of the Festival Fringe Fun Afternoon at the 2012 York Festival of Ideas, a team of postgraduate students, collectively known as 'Off the Page', created a Dickens Den.  Members of the public - both adults and children - were invited to enter the Den to read extracts from the work of Charles Dickens - with the option to dress up in appropriate costume if they so desired.  All the readings were recorded and archived.  
 
The Humanities Research Centre then commissioned Marie Tueje, a sound editor and former postgraduate student in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television, to put together a sound edit of the most evocative readings from all the Dickens Den sessions, and weave them together with background sounds and effects to create a sound poem.  
 

Image of London in the fog

Listen to the sound poem