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Our mission is to reinvigorate Dickens’ rich heritage in Yorkshire, to follow in his philanthropic and literary footsteps, helping those in need and to enrich education and the arts. We hope you join us. Together we can transform lives in Yorkshire for the better and honour Dickens’ remarkable ghosts of Christmas all year round.

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Digital download of ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Selina Scott

Selina Scott has launched an audio book recording for download on Amazon this year, proceeds will be donated to the Malton Christmas lights fund. You can buy the MP3 album here for £5.34 Or you can buy a physical audio book for £10 including postage via Paypal.   Read More
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Call to showcase Malton’s links with Charles Dickens

MALTON’S shops and businesses are being urged to showcase the town and capitalise on its links with Charles Dickens to attract more visitors. Television presenter Selina Scott has helped to negotiate a focus on Malton as part of the launch of a new-look Songs of Praise programme, highlighting the connections to Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Producers will spend a… Read More
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Dickens of a Tale

A famous tale of festive revelation which is understood to have taken inspiration from a North Yorkshire market town is being retold in audiobook form to further the education of the life and work of the story’s revered author.   Selina Scott, the Scarborough-born broadcaster who lives in Malton, has put her voice to an… Read More
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A Christmas Carol audio book by Selina Scott

We are taking orders now for Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ audio book read by Selina Scott. The audio book CD costs £10 + £1.50pp. A great stocking filler and an ideal Christmas present for Dickens fans.  100% of proceeds will be donated to ‘Dickens Gift to Yorkshire’ to raise money for Dickens arts and… Read More
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Selina Scott anger over missed opportunity to host Dickens Festival

TELEVISION presenter Selina Scott has criticised Malton businesses for failing to take up the opportunity to create a Dickensian festival in the town. Ms Scott said a rare signed edition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, bought for Malton, would now on show at a festival in the Dales this weekend, after shopkeepers showed no interest in holding their… Read More
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Yorkshire Dickens Festival Hosts Rare Book

Visitors to Yorkshire’s biggest Dickens Festival this Christmas had the exclusive opportunity to see an iconic edition of the author’s most loved book, A Christmas Carol. The rare 1844 specially bound edition went on public view at the Grassington Dickensian Festival on Saturday 30th November inside Grassington Museum.  Over 400 people came to see the… Read More
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Malton’s Dickens Story on The One Show

On the 20th September 2013 the story of Charles Dickens link to Malton featured on The One Show with James Martin, who grew up in Malton and cooks regularly at The Talbot. Read More
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New Charitable Status

The Dickens Gift team are pleased to tell you that DICKENS GIFT TO YORKSHIRE has achieved charitable status and has been entered onto the Register of Charities.  Registered Charity Number 1151401. The main aim of the charity is to advance the education of the public in the life and works of Charles Dickens via: Educational and… Read More
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The Yorkshire in support of Dickens’ link to Malton

Yorkshire Building Society’s newly opened Malton branch is pleased to announce its support of ‘Dickens Gift to Yorkshire’ and will be the home to all the funds and donations raised by the project. The Society’s branch on Wheelgate has been working with the team behind ‘Dickens Gift to Yorkshire’ to support the creation of the… Read More
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BBC Breakfast and BBC News 24

  Great profile for Dickens Gift to Yorkshire which was featured on BBC Breakfast this morning and will go out throughout the day on BBC News 24. Please donate to help combat fuel poverty. Read More
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A Christmas Carol comes to Castle Howard

Vistors to Castle Howard this Christmas can see this special book as part of the Castle’s stunning Christmas festivities until Sunday 16th December, when it reverts to The Talbot Hotel in Malton until January. Castle Howard and Dickens 1. This inscribed copy of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was presented to the widowed Elizabeth Smithson in April 1844…. Read More
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The Telegraph: Selina Scott and friends bring home A Christmas Carol

Last month, 169 years later, that same inscribed book, long in the possession of an American collector, came up for auction in New York, where it was bought for $35,000 (£21,800) by the Yorkshire market town close to my home that is said to have inspired the definitive Yuletide story. And with impeccable timing, this… Read More
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A Christmas Carol media launch at Castle Howard 10 December 2012

To great media interest ‘A Christmas Carol’ was welcomed back to Yorkshire today, look out for BBC Look North, BBC Breakfast, Calendar and ITN news coverage. Read More
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BBC Breakfast Film in Malton

Jenny Hill from BBC Breakfast and camerman spent four and a half hours in Malton on 6 December to make a film about Dickens Gift to Yorkshire, to be broadcast to up to 7 million viewers on the Breakfast show nearer Christmas.  Featuring the volunteers of the Charles Dickens Society of Malton, the TV crew… Read More
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Malton and Dickens

Dickens was a frequent visitor and stayed with Smithson at his homes – Easthorpe Hall, and Abbey House, Old Malton.  Smithson was buried in the churchyard at St Mary’s, Old Malton:  Dickens attended the funeral. There are local connections aplenty in Dickens’ novels.  Solicitor Spenlow in David Copperfield died without leaving a will (as did… Read More
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From New York to York

The motive: to bring Dickens back to Malton and use his literary legacy to reinvigorate the market town of Malton. The cast of characters: Clair Chadwick, MD of marketing and fundraising agency Cause UK Broadcaster Selina Scott and, Businessman and one of the founders of Malton’s Charles Dickens Society, Stephen Joll Like a classic novel,… Read More
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About The Book

On November 5 2012 an auction was held in New York featuring a very special book – a signed edition of a Christmas Carol. The 1844 edition is inscribed: “Mrs Smithson/from/Charles Dickens/18th April 1844.” It was a gift from Dickens to the wife of his close friend, solicitor Charles Smithson. Charles lived in Malton and… Read More
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Keeping Warm with A Christmas Carol

Dickens’ Gift to Yorkshire and the Two Ridings Community Foundation (TRCF) joined forces to launch the campaign: Keeping Warm With a Christmas Carol. Dickens’ A Christmas Carol not only highlights the blight of poverty and inequality, but also encourages us to support those who are in greater need than ourselves. Although life in Britain has… Read More