Guests of all ages to this year’s 43rd Annual Dickens on The Strand Festival can expect a weekend full of Victorian holiday celebration on the historic streets of Galveston Island. For those guests aged 12 and under, Christmas will come a little early this year as those ticket holders will receive a special edition of a Charles Dickens’ classic. Books are limited to the first 2,000 youth entries and will be available at all festival entrances.
In addition to the free books, two youth writers will also have the good fortune to ride in one of the festival parades with Dickens descendants Lucinda Dickens Hawksley and Jane Dickens Monk. Youth aged 7 – 9 and 10 – 12 are encouraged to compose an original, 80 to 200 word story, on one of two topics; When Charles Dickens or A Christmas in Victorian Galveston (for youth ages 7-9), or Charles Dickens and Poverty or A Christmas in Victorian England (for youth ages 10-12). Lucinda Dickens Hawksley will judge the entries and select one winner from both age ranges to accompany her during one of the festival parades.
“I’m happy that we’ll be placing greater emphasis on including children at the festival in 2017 and in encouraging them to write,“ says Lucinda Dickens Hawksley. “I’m looking forward to seeing if my great great great grandfather is able to inspire any budding Texan writers of the future.” Jane Dickens Monk continues, “I’m thrilled to be part of Dickens on The Strand this year, with more emphasis on children which my great-great-grandfather would have approved of!”
This year’s event continues its youth focus with an expanded Oliver’s Alley children’s area, presented by the Galveston Children’s Museum, and writing workshops conducted by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley.
WRITING CONTEST SUBMISSION
Submissions are due by Wednesday, November 22.