MA in Dickens Studies

As if Chief Investigator of the Drood Inquiry were not honour enough, I am very pleased to announce my new role as Course Director of the MA by Research in Charles Dickens Studies, which the University of Buckingham will be launching in partnership with the Charles Dickens Museum this October.

Dissecting Drood

Full details of the schedule can be found here: Dissecting Drood Schedule Followers of The Drood Inquiry are warmly invited to attend a forthcoming workshop ‘Dissecting Drood’ on Tuesday 17th November at the Charles Dickens Museum. The workshop is designed to reflect back on what The Drood Inquiry has done and to ask questions of […]

Drood in the classroom

One of my primary aims in setting up the Drood Inquiry was to encourage new discussion from those who had never read, never heard, of Drood before. So imagine my delight when I received an email this week from Olivia Griffiths, a schoolteacher in Vermont who was inspired by the site to set the mystery […]

A Dickens Whodunnit: Solving the Mystery of Edwin Drood

Next week a special exhibition opens at the Charles Dickens Museum in London all about Drood. I’m very excited about this, not least because I’m co-curating it. ‘A Dickens Whodunnit: Solving the Mystery of Edwin Drood’ is both a chance to celebrate all the discussion of Drood that has occurred so far as well as […]

The day the world talked about Drood

In Chapter 9, “Birds in the Bush”, Dickens describes how rumours of Edwin and Neville’s disagreement fly around the town and into Miss Twinkleton’s school in the blink of an eye: Whether it was brought in by the birds of the air, or came blowing in with the very air itself, when the casement windows […]

A word from the illustrator

The world of Dickens’s last book will be rendered more tangible for The Drood Inquiry thanks to the wonderful illustrations of Alys Jones ( Here, Alys explains the process of creating new visualisations of Dickens’s characters, along with the particular challenges and influences on her work for the project. Producing illustrations for The Drood Inquiry […]

A stranger arrived in Cloisterham…

Some specialisms get all the fun when it comes to field trips. Studying Spanish? Off to Barcelona with you! Marine studies? Caribbean it is! Archeology? Go to a car park in Leicester (hang on…). But studying English invariably involves trips to the library and no further. So when the chance for a field-trip to Cloisterham came up, […]

Picturing John Jasper

Dickens’s letters testify to the close relationship he had with his illustrators and the minute directions and corrections he would make to ensure the graphical depictions of his characters matched the images in his head. So it’s been a terrifying prospect to try to render the people of Cloisterham into new artwork for Rest […]