Come February 7, the world will be celebrating Charles Dickens's 200th birthday, and as you can see at Dickens2012 many activities have been lined up for the commemoration of this bicentenary. Over at Jessica Zafra's blog, she is attempting a collective effort at translating the novel Great Expectations (here's the free Gutenberg text of the novel) into Filipino.
Embarrassing to admit, but I have never read any Dickens myself. I figure this year would be a good year to remedy this, so I am starting with Great Expectations. I am also going to write the high school English teachers to ask if I could interest them to organize with the municipality a Charles Dickens film festival for their students.