"I have endeavoured...to raise a Ghost of an Idea", Charles Dickens wrote in the preface to A Christmas Carol.

Ghosts and guardian angels of all kinds are constantly being raised in the works of England's greatest novelist, but so too are ideas of faith and spirituality, which underpinned much of Dickens's passion for charity and against injustice. Always regarding himself as a Christian, but never conforming blindly to the Church, Dickens wrote scathing attacks on moralising evangelicals and even united himself with Unitarianism. This talk explores the surprising and often contradictory aspects of Dickens's faith and personal life and why the ghosts of spirituality keep recurring in his writing.

James Riding has always loved Dickens’s works. He wrote his undergraduate dissertation on Dickens at Magdalen College, Oxford, teaches and tutors the novels for GCSE and A-Level, and recently assisted A. N. Wilson with research for his forthcoming book on Dickens.

Tutor: James Riding, Tutor and Researcher specialising in the Works of Dickens

Time: 7.30-9pm

Price: £10

Venue: Alban Room, Chapter House, St Albans Cathedral

Entry is via the Welcome Centre (Sumpter Yard). Please note that this event takes place on Level 1 of the Chapter House. Step-free access is available via a lift (please enter via the South Chapter House door).

Please email us when booking if you require step-free access so that we can provide directions, and so that we can make alternative arrangements in case of lift malfunctions.