Welcome to 2012.
A rather special year for fans of Charles Dickens as the 200th birthday of the celebrated author is marked by various events.
This is not just a national but an international celebration of the life and work which falls on 7 February 2012.
Dickens 2012 has been working with partners across the globe to bring a great programme of events and activities to commemorate this very special anniversary.
Dickens works unlike most of his contemporaries seems to transcend time, language and culture. His influence throughout the world and his writings continue to inspire film, TV, art, literature, artists and academia as we have seen just this Christmas with the BBC adaptation of Great Expectations and a Great Expectations movie to be released around march time starring Helena Bonham-Carter OBE.
So I will keep you updated on what is happening where.