Charles Dickens: A Brain on Fire

Dominic hosts the exciting new podcast Charles Dickens: Brain on Fire, which explores the Life and Times of Charles Dickens – his extraordinary novels, who he was as a person, his career as a performer, and his activism. Each episode includes special guests: academics, writers, actors, directors and descendants of the great man himself! 🔥

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Episode 4: Reading A Christmas Carol: with Rosie Holt

It’s Christmas Eve… and Dominic’s special guest is the brilliant actress, comedian and satirist, Rosie Holt. This week, they have both re-read A Christmas Carol and are set to talk through what they found in each of the Staves.MERRY CHRISTMAS!Listen on Apple or wherever you get your podcasts!

Episode 3: Dickens’ Women: with Miriam Margolyes

In this episode Dominic is joined by the inimitable Miriam Margolyes. With a career spanning six decades, this celebrated actress has been a life-long fan of Dickens throughout. Now in her 80th year she has recently published her autobiography This Much is True  …  A candid, unflinching, and hugely entertaining story of her life and career.

In this course of this interview, Miriam talks in great detail about her one woman show Dickens and Women and gives an exciting announcement about its future prospects. And as it’s Christmas … the talk naturally turns to A Christmas Carol also!

Episode 2: Tim Carroll’s A Christmas Carol

In this Christmas episode Dominic is joined by the Tony Award winning director Tim Carroll. They share their love for Dickens and discuss the process of creating two very different stage adaptations of  A Christmas Carol. One a large ensemble production at The Shaw Festival Theatre, Ontario; the other a solo performance that has just been filmed inside the Charles Dickens Museum, London.

This broadcast of this episode also marks the 178th Anniversary of the publication of Dickens’ ‘ghostly little book’.

Episode 1: Dickens and Christmas: with Lucinda Hawksley

In this first episode,  Dominic is joined by Dickens’ Great-Great-Great Granddaughter, the Writer and Broadcaster,  Lucinda Hawksley

On a cold December morning they talk through Lucinda’s book Dickens and Christmas , which has just been published in paperback by Pen & Sword Books. It follows the story of Dickens’ earliest Christmas as an infant, through to the five great festive novellas he wrote during the 1840s.

From A Christmas Carol to the Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain 

Lucinda’s also shares her earliest memories of knowing who Dickens was and what she really thinks about each of the five Christmas books!