A statue of Charles Dickens will be unveiled in Portsmouth in the summer. It will be the first statue of the Victorian writer in the UK. The author was born in the city in 1812. The Dickens Fellowship has recently reached its £118,000 funding target.
The statue will be placed in the city's Guildhall Square. It shows Dickens reading in a chair and is being made by Oxford sculptor Martin Jennings. In February this year, the 200th anniversary of his birth was celebrated in Hampshire and in Kent where he grew up. Click on the video for our report.
A Christmas Carol is so appealing in the USA that every year, the author's great-great-grandson travels from Oxfordshire to retell the story all over the country. Gerald Dickens is following in the footsteps of his famous relative. Richard Jones joined him last Christmas in Pennsylvania.