Sun 3rd Feb 2019
12pm - 2pm
Tickets: £4 (all proceeds to Unifcef and Cancer Research UK)
Crispin Ridge is the President of the Birmingham Branch of the Dickensian Fellowship but his admiration of and connection to Dickens runs much deeper. Crispin’s great-great grandfather was the original for Marley’s ghost in “A Christmas Carol.” His name was actually Miles Marley (not Jacob) and he was a London surgeon who practiced in Cork
Street. He knew Dickens, and on one occasion, (St Patrick`s Day, 1843), remarked that Marley was an uncommon name, whereupon Dickens replied that by Christmas it would be a household word - that was the year when he wrote “A Christmas Carol.”
Crispin started public readings in 1990 with, “A Christmas Carol,” and will be reading, “A Message from the Sea;” a tale of a dastardly crime, with far reaching consequences, and how the wrong was eventually put to rights.
The Birmingham branch of the Dickens Fellowship meets on the second Wednesday of the month (except January and February) in the BMI in Birmingham.