Teenage Reading Gang celebrates Dickens 2012

LIBRARIES NI continued to celebrate Dickens 2012 NI when BBC presenter Conor Bradford attended the April meeting of the Teenage Reading Gang in Lisburn City Library.

Dickens 2012 NI was established to organise a year-long festival of events celebrating the two hundredth birthday of Charles Dickens, undoubtedly one of the greatest novelists in our language.


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General discussion at the teens’ meeting was around the longevity of the classic novel highlighted in particular by the work of Charles Dickens.

Conor then chaired a lively debate on the merits of book versus film or drama and this was illustrated by the recently screened BBC drama of Great Expectations, featuring Gillian Anderson as Miss Haversham.

Dickens 2012 is an international celebration of the life and work of Charles Dickens to mark the bicentenary of his birth, which fell on 7th February 2012. Institutions and organisations from all over the world, including Libraries NI, are delivering a programme of events and activities to commemorate this very special anniversary.


Lisburn City Library’s Teenage Reading Gang (for 12-14 year olds) meets on the last Thursday of every second month, from 7.00pm – 8.00pm.

If you are age 12 – 14 and enjoy reading and chatting about your favourite books, why not come along to the next meeting of this group on Thursday 21st June at and join in? Everyone is welcome.

For more information, please contact Lisburn City Library (23 Linenhall Street, BT28 1FJ), on 9263 3350 or email [email protected]