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The first new Shakespeare play in centuries

On Audio – A Scandal in Nova Alba: Stage-Play Version

Steve White stars in the first new Shakespeare play for four hundred years.

The King of Nova Alba, in this new stage-play version of the story, approaches Sherlock Holmes to discover who killed the king’s predecessor.

Shakespeare wrote comedies, tragedies, and histories, but he never got around to writing a whodunit, and this mixture of the Bard and Baker Street fills the gap in his oeuvre. The King of Nova Alba approaches Sherlock Holmes. The current king’s predecessor on the Nova Alban throne, King Duncan, came to a violent end, and Holmes’ petitioner is the prime suspect. He wants Sherlock Holmes to find the true killer. There is many a twist in a familiar tale, before Holmes reveals the utterly unexpected truth. Two years after Delos’ publication of the story version of “A Scandal in Nova Alba”, here it is at last as a stage-play.

177 books on the Sherlock Holmes Audio Books Pinterest Board.

Less than one week to go – free online tickets – Sherlock Holmes and Shakespeare – 12th October  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sherlock-holmes-meets-shakespeare-tickets-69436152401 – broadcast from Undershaw featuring the first new Shakespeare play in centuries, a live performance from ‘The Deductionist’ @BenCardall and more via @eventbrite

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The Art of Sherlock Holmes exhibition

We’re delighted to confirm exhibition of the fifteen pieces of art in The Art of Sherlock Holmes first edition will take place at the amazing Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in West Palm Beach from May 10th to June 3rd. If you can’t make it in person you can also see the art live online as part of The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate on the 25th May – tickets via Eventbrite – https://lnkd.in/eHgNfhJ – the book is available for pre-order from all good bookstores including Amazon USA https://lnkd.in/eXTWBun

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Anthony Horowitz talks to Roger Johnson about The House of Silk the new Sherlock Holmes novel

The British Library was the venue yesterday for a very special event – a live interview with Anthony Horowitz the author of the first new ‘approved’ Sherlock Holmes novel since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stopped writing Sherlock Holmes books nearly a century ago. The interviewer was Roger Johnson, the editor of the journal of The Sherlock Holmes Society of London and one of the world’s leading experts on everything Holmes.

The audience thoroughly enjoyed the 90 minutes of questions and answers and Anthony answered dozens of very well prepared questions from Roger (with a little help from his wife Jean) and took a lot from the audience. In the audience were a number of young Alex Rider fans who had brought along their favourite books for Anthony to sign. Two of the young gentlemen were in fact the two remaining male descendents of the Conan Doyle family. It was wonderful to see Anthony at the signing with the two explaining that, with such talented blood lines they could do nothing but be very successful at whatever they choose to do. The grins on their faces as they got their Alex Rider books signed was great.

The signing afterwards, as you can imagine was a sellout with a huge queue and Anthony staying to the very end – alongside Roger who was also signing copies of his new book ‘In The Night, In The Dark’ which includes several collections of ghost stories including Tales from The Endeavour which won the Dracula Award when it was originally published – the award first won by Terry Pratchett with Mort.

As all the audience members will I am sure agree, it was one of the most interesting book events I have been to in many years. Roger was an excellent host and handled the joint signing with Anthony very well – even if the sale count was a little in Anthony’s favour.

In The Night In The Dark is available from all good bookstores, and in all good formats including Amazon Kindle and iBooks for the iPad.

There is allegedly a recording of the event coming out and will be well worth a listen – including the question of who Anthony would like to see as Holmes and Watson. One of the final questions came from me. Shortly after Anthony suggested that the Holmes bandwagon might even see someone try to make Holmes a woman I thought I had better interject.

I pointed out that we are about to publish a novel in which Holmes reveals just that secret – My Dear Watson – which caused much amusement to Anthony and the audience. I then asked who he would like to see as a female Holmes. Suggesting that not many could carry it off, he settled on Dame Judi Dench. So, if Dame Dench’s agent gets a call this week about a new movie – you know who to blame.

 

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Two Days To Go To The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate

There are just two days to go to The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate and we’ve been practising with the on-line technology with the team captains. As we have two podcast presenters (Kristina and Burt) and an actor (Nick) we have to admit that our chairperson (Steve from MX Publishing) is the one feeling the pressure of presenting live – he has the easy task of making the introductions though.

The presentations are looking amazing. The effort that has gone in from the teams is quite incredible – many late nights and weekends alongside busy schedules and we now can’t wait until the event itself. There are several resources for fans ahead of the debate:

  •  Always 1895 our press man Matt Laffey has been delivering detailed articles on the debate and more to follow this week
  • The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate Facebook Page – the place for the latest news
  • The slideshare site where you can find the introduction presentations for each team and where we will be putting the debate presentations after the debate is over – Slideshare Site

The team captains will be talking a lot about the debate on Facebook in the coming 48 hours – Baker Street Babes, I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere and Big Finish Productions.

Please remember the debate is supporting two important causes – Save Undershaw and BAFTA for Jeremy Brett – please check out their sites and join their pages on Facebook (Undershaw Trust on Facebook).

 

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Fans from 23 countries grab tickets for The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate

Over 600 Sherlock Holmes fans joined the Great Sherlock Holmes Debate Facebook page to compete for batches of tickets for the audience for next Thursday’s debate. Fans from 23 different countries successfully grabbing a precious ticket to the Holmes event of the year and the final audience list is attached below – along with a reminder of all the team members.

The debate takes place on 10th November 2011 at 8pm UK time online so all audience members need is an internet connection to listen in and submit their questions live – they will also get a chance to submit a question/comment ahead of the debate.

They will also be asked to vote for their favourite team before, and again after, the debate – a great measure of the strength of the team arguments.

The debate is being hosted by Sherlock Holmes Publishers MX Publishing who will be posting up slides and video clips from the debate via the Facebook page after the event for fans that didn’t get an audience ticket.

Please remember the debate is supporting two important causes – Save Undershaw and BAFTA for Jeremy Brett – please check out their sites and join their pages on Facebook – Undershaw Trust on Facebook and Bafta4JB on Facebook.

Team Members:

Team 1 (BBC Sherlock)

The Baker Street Babes– Team Captains

Sherlockology 

Roger Johnson (Sherlock Holmes Society of London)

Charlotte Walters, Dan Andriacco, Kate Workman, Tracy Revels (Holmes authors)

Team 2 (Warner Brothers)

Gerry O’Hara (film director)

I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (podcast)

Jamie Mahoney (blog)

Larry Feldman (Society Founder)

Kieran McMullen, Gerry Kelly (Holmes authors)

Team 3 (The Traditionalists)

Nick Briggs (actor + team captain)

Roger Llewellwyn (actor – has played Holmes on stage over 800 times in last 10 years)

Martin Montague (producer)

Alistair Duncan , Paul R Spiring  (Holmes Authora)

 

Audience Members:

Christina – Burnaby – Canada

Maarja – Tallin – Estonia

Alix -Shreveprt – USA

Kelly – Brooklyn – USA

Yui Manabe – Kobe-City – Japan

Young Wei Ping – Singapore

Lilith – Zwickau – Germany

Ninnette – Winnipeg – Canada

Rebecca – Melbourne – Australia

Carola – Alphen aan den Rijn – Netherlands

Louisa – Montreal – Canada

Caitlyn – Adelaide – Australia

Carrie – Pittsburgh – USA

Alice – Christchurch – New Zealand

Deanna – London – ENGLAND

Arachel – Mississauga – Canada

Kenza – Paris – France

Valentina – Leghorn – Italy

Jessica – Durban – South Africa

Steve – Silver Creek – USA

Joanna – Cambridge – ENGLAND

Isobel – Nailsworth – ENGLAND

Sabrinea – Manila – Phillipines

David – Ostrava – Czech Republic

Katie – MilwaEnglandlee – USA

Kwan Yee Lo – Hong Kong – China

Ana – Madrid – Spain

Brenda – Fort Ashby – USA

Emilie – Pessac – France

Becky – Washington – USA

Joanne – Thisted – Denmark

Valerie – Salem – USA

Janet – Cartersville – USA

Sara – Burlington – Canada

Miranda – Copenhagen – Denmark

Laurence – Neuilly sur Seine – France

Laura – South Orange – USA

Vida – Leicester – ENGLAND

Rianon – Birmingham – ENGLAND

Stella – Hong Kong – China

Katri – Tottijarvi – Finland

Carolina – Concepción – Chlie

Maja – Kraków – Poland

Chris – Virginia Water – ENGLAND

Heidi – Murray – USA

Erin – Houston – USA

Izabella – Upper Marlborough – USA

Charlotte – Liverpool – ENGLAND

Rebecca – Newport – Wales

Lauren – Falkirk – Scotland

Thasnim – Hailsham – England

Mya – Greenwood – USA

Kylee – Grandview – USA

Lielle – Freiburg – Germany

Hannah – Zwickau – Germany

Leonie  – Cologne – Germany

Elsie – Ireton – USA

Keiko – North Hollywood – USA

Ashley – Anderson – USA

Katie – Fuquay-Varina – USA

Charlotte – Decherd – USA

Suzanne – Toronto – Canada

Stephanie – Stratford Upon Avon – England

Monica – Valencia – Spain

Sarah – London – England

Emily – Boston – USA

Jacquelyn – Laurel – USA

Nicola – Philadelphia – USA

Christina – Dusseldorf – Germany

Helene – Nantes – France

Sophia – London – England

Aica – Malika – Phillipines

Kirsty – Birmingham – England

Anna – Bydgoszcz – Poland

 

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Audience tickets get released today for Great Sherlock Holmes Debate

Today, the 80 general public audience places given away to the members of the Great Sherlock Holmes Debate Facebook page which stands currently at over 500 members. The places will be released in phase today to ensure all regions have a chance. There are fans from over 20 countries trying to get places.

The debate takes place on 10th November at 8pm UK time online so all audience members need is an internet connection to listen in and submit their questions live. The debate is being hosted by Sherlock Holmes Publishers MX Publishing.

Pllease remember the debate is supporting two important causes – Save Undershaw and BAFTA for Jeremy Brett – please check out their sites and join their pages on Facebook (Undershaw Trust on Facebook).

 

Team Members:

Team 1 (BBC Sherlock)

The Baker Street Babes– Team Captains

Sherlockology 

Roger Johnson (Sherlock Holmes Society of London)

Charlotte Walters, Dan Andriacco, Kate Workman, Tracy Revels (Holmes authors)

Team 2 (Warner Brothers)

Gerry O’Hara (film director)

I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (podcast)

Jamie Mahoney (blog)

Larry Feldman (Society Founder)

Kieran McMullen, Gerry Kelly (authors)

Team 3 (The Traditionalists)

Nick Briggs (actor + team captain)

Roger Llewellwyn (actor – has played Holmes on stage over 800 times in last 10 years)

Martin Montague (producer)

Alistair Duncan (author)

 

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A Night of Sherlock Holmes Legends

Thursday evening was the re- opening of the iconic Sherlock Holmes Pub in London and it was the place to be if you are a Sherlock Holmes fan. Fifty key people from the Sherlockian world were invited to celebrate the major refurbishment. The pub is one of the most visited places on the Holmes trail for any fans coming to London and Sue and the team have done a great job updating it.

We were invited as the UK’s main Sherlock Holmes publishers and we brought along books for all the guests (we went with Aside Arthur Conan Doyle which is a wonderful collection of short stories by Conan Doyle’s close friend Bertram Fletcher Robinson – compiled by leading Holmes author and historian Paul Spiring who couldn’t make it to the evening as he is in Germany at present).

The timing couldn’t have been better as it was a perfect chance to recruit some more participants for The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate, and meet up with some of the existing team members. First discussion (and recruit) of the evening was actor Roger Llewellyn who has played Holmes a staggering 800+ times on stage in the last decade – all over the world. He plays a very traditional Holmes and has naturally joined The Traditionalists team. I can report back that there are fewer fun things then to spend time drinking ale (I chose a pint of Sherlock of course) with Roger – he’s a very charming and funny man, and revealed that he hadn’t had a particular love for Holmes before playing him, it had been a great fit as a character – but has since developed a deep respect for Conan Doyle having got to know all about him over the many years.

Next up were Roger Johnson and Jean Upton from the Sherlock Holmes Society of London. Roger is on the BBC Sherlock team and we discussed tactics as well as his new book ‘In The Night, In The Dark’ which is a collection of ghost stories that include the entire original collection that won him the Dracula Award for ghost stories (the same award that big names like Terry Pratchett have won). Jean created the amazing photograph of the skull, bell and hook on the cover. Roger has been reviewing our books for many years in the Society’s journal and it was great to see them both.

Representing both himself and the Save Undershaw campaign was Holmes author Alistair Duncan. It was Alistair who first convinced us to get into Holmes publishing and now many books later, we are about to publish his best book yet – An Entirely New Country – covering the time that Arthur Conan Doyle was at Undershaw. It comes out in December and is already being tipped to be one of the most important books about the great man in years. Alistair was on good form, especially when explaining why he has moved over from the BBC Sherlock team to The Traditionalists for the debate (see Alistair’s blog for more details). Another subject for me and Alistair (and most others there) was how much everyone was enjoying the new Sherlockology website – resounding thumbs up all round.

It was wonderful to meet BBC Sherlock’s Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue who took time from their extremely busy schedules [the new series is coming out in a few months time] to come along. As you can imagine everyone was queuing up to have a few words with them and I was lucky enough to be able to have a chat about the Debate – ‘Oh that’s all down to you then is it?’ Steven smiled when I introduced myself. It seems the Sherlock team have been watching the progress of the debate with interest.

It was a very enjoyable evening with many more fascinating Holmes characters including Bob Ellis from the London Society and the great nephew of Arthur Conan Doyle as well.  There were even those dressed as Holmes and Watson who were inundated with tourists with cameras wanting their picture taken with them. An evening of fine ale and fine company and one that will stay in the memory.

 

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