The Poetry Café hosts a lively programme of art exhibitions inspired by poetry and literature. A number of our exhibitions have toured to other venues, resulted in publications or have been shortlisted for the prestigious Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. We collaborate regularly with up-and-coming artists, including students from the Illustration and Graphic Design departments of Middlesex University.

What the Dickens? Images by Middlesex University’s Illustration degree students & staff inspired by Charles Dickens

24 February – 28 March 2020

Middlesex University’s BA Hons Illustration degree is proud to present What the Dickens?, a selection of work inspired by the works of Charles Dickens in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the author’s death.

As one of the world’s greatest writers, Dickens created stories and characters that have become an inescapable part of the way we view the world. He was also a radical voice on the social, economic and class issues of his time, issues that continue to be relevant to the way we live now.

With this in mind, Middlesex University students have visited locations from Dickens’ writings and life. They have walked in the footsteps of Dickens and his characters, to develop a greater understanding of his work and the Victorian London he so richly portrayed.

What the Dickens? is the latest in a series of Poetry Society collaborations with Middlesex University staff and students of the Middlesex University BA Illustration programme, showcasing the work of young illustrators through their personal responses to a literary theme. Previous exhibitions at The Poetry Café include: Hidden in the Lines, Louts, Love & London, Beginnings and Endings, War Stories, Happy Birthday Edward Lear (which toured nationwide) and Haunts of the Poets.

Celebratory launch event, The Poetry Café, 27 February 2020, 6-8pm

Please join us at The Poetry Café on 27 February to celebrate the opening of What the Dickens? All works are for sale; proceeds go towards supporting student publications and collaborations.