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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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First Eight Audience Members Announced for The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate 2

Hundreds of Sherlock Holmes from around the world have entered the competition for one of the ten precious places at this weekend’s live Great Sherlock Holmes Debate 2. The debate is several times bigger than the record breaking first debate in November last year. The first eight audience members have been chosen (listed below) and two more will be chosen, one tomorrow and one on Friday. Fan participation has been huge this time around. As of this morning:

– 1,565 fans on The Great Debate Facebook Page – with 745 votes in the BBC Sherlock vs Warner Brothers Sherlock pre-event vote

– 6,674 fans on the Save Undershaw Facebook Page

Audience members so far:

Morgan Britt       Richmond, USA.

Yui Manabe       Kobe City, Japan.

Helene Colin      Nantes, France.

Wie Ping Young     Singapore

Mike Hogan        Bangkok, Thailand

Claire Ellull         Valetta, Malta

Chloe Smith        UK

Courtney Brown     Columbus, Ohio

You can still enter for one of the last two place – GSHD2 Entry Form

Don’t forget to click ‘like’ on the  Save Undershaw  page – and help save Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s house from destruction.

The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate 2 is made possible by the following:

MX Publishing in support of Save Undershaw

Team 1 – BBC Sherlock – Captain – Curly & the Baker Street Babes + Sherlock Holmes Society of LondonSherlockologyKate WorkmanCharlotte WaltersDan AndriaccoTracy Revels.

Team 2 – Warner Bros Sherlock – Captain – Burt Wolder + No Place Like HolmesGerry O’HaraDavid RuffleTim SymondsMatthew Elliott.

Team 3 – The Traditionalists – Captain Nick Briggs (Voice of The Daleks) + Big FinishPaul R SpiringPhil GrowickAlistair Duncan, Marino Alvarez.

Press – Always 1895 and @always1895

Venue Sponsors – mPowa (Process credit cards with your smartphone)

 

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The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate 2 – The Interview With The Hosts

Interview with Great Sherlock Holmes Debate 2 organisers MX Publishing – What is the debate? How did it come about? Who is involved? All these questions and more answered. Interview conducted by Ross Foad from ‘No Place Like Holmes‘.

More information at the Great Sherlock Holmes Debate Facebook Page.

 

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The Sherlock Holmes Society of London reviews Shadowblood – A Novel of Sherlock Holmes

“I said that Shadowfall is rather like an enjoyable nightmare. Shadowblood is even more enjoyable.”

Tracy Revel’s first novel Shadowfall got rave reviews worldwide, and is already being translated into Italian. The Sherlock Holmes Society of London loved it and we couldn’t wait for their review of the sequel Shadowblood – they didn’t disappoint us.

“The sequel to Shadowfall is just as deliriously weird. Shadowblood by Tracy Revels introduces us again to the World of Shadows, whose interaction with our own world can be devastating. Watson’s recuperation from his previous encounters with the supernatural is interrupted when an unpleasant recluse demands that Holmes find  his missing daughter.

Shortly after the detective’s arrival,the old man is horribly murdered, and Holmes’s own Shadowborn powers are tested to the limit in a quest for the girl and, ultimately, for the Fountain of Youth. He and Watson travel to Prague, where they are helped by Dr John Dee, and then to St Augustine, Florida, where they receive assistance and opposition from even stranger beings.

The missing girl is practising blood magic and has acquired a very dangerous assistant, a woman skilled in murder. I said that Shadowfall is rather like an enjoyable nightmare. Shadowblood is even more enjoyable.”

Shadowblood is available from all good bookstores and all formats including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, and electronic formats soon.

Tracy Revels has a popular blog Strictly Sherlock and Tracy was on Team 1 (BBC Sherlock) in The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate in November. She joins us for the December discussion taking place on 14th December.

 

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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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The Bookbag reviews Shadowblood – A Novel of Sherlock Holmes

“Huge recommendation to all, but particularly Holmes fans, of course. Revels captures Holmes and Watson absolutely perfectly.

You can count 5 out of 5 reviews from The Bookbag, one of the toughest book review sites in the world, on one hand if you are publisher and it is a rare book to get this accolade from them.

Shadowblood from Tracy Revels, the 2nd book in a series of Sherlock Holmes novels that started with the best-selling Shadowfall gets the magical 5 stars and glowing recommendations – and they urge even traditionalists, who would normally steer clear of a fantasy version of Holmes, to give it a go.

Shadowfall“I always find this kind of story, throwing fictional and historical characters together in a mix, to be rather hit or miss – sometimes it works brilliantly, sometimes it reads like a cut and paste of various other stories. I was keen to get my hands on this one as I think Revels pulled it off very well in the previous book – but as good as that was, this is definitely superior. For one thing, the action is even more fast and furious, since the world of the Shadows has been established and there’s no need to do any scene-setting there. For another, and the main reason I love the book so much – Revels captures Holmes and Watson absolutely perfectly. Everything Holmes does – from the detective skills he employs, to the moral decisions he makes – fits in completely with the canon of Arthur Conan Doyle novels. Revels is clearly hugely familiar with the originals and while I was originally planning on warning purists that the supernatural theme may put them off, I actually think the characters are captured so well that even the vast majority who wouldn’t normally touch a Holmes story by an author other than ACD will still love this one.”

Shadowblood is available from all good bookstores and all formats including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, and electronic formats soon.

Tracy Revels has a popular blog Strictly Sherlock and Tracy is on Team 1 (BBC Sherlock) in The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate on 10th November alongside:

 

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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Team 3 joins the Great Sherlock Holmes Debate

The official press pass holders, Always 1895, broke the news last night that after huge pressure from fans, we have added a third team to the debate. The fans have argued that although there hasn’t been a major ‘traditional’ adaptation of Holmes in the last decade, the ongoing and enduring influence of, at very least the Granada series with Jeremy Brett, should have a voice. Team 3 brings together ‘The Traditional Adaptations’ and whilst the ITV series is the most iconic, will also include team members from several adaptations that stay very close to the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories.

Team 3 if you like will set the benchmark against which the other two teams can put forward their arguments. Team 3 will be led by Nick Briggs who plays Holmes in a major new audio adaptation of Holmes being released this month. Nick is probably best known as the voice of the Daleks and Cybermen from Dr.Who and has played Holmes before in the theatre. He has an intricate and recent knowledge of traditional adaptations and we look forward to Nick’s comments in the run up to the debate.

There is no question that traditional adaptations (done well) add value to the legacy of Holmes whenever they are broadcast as they are simply communicating the original stories in a new medium. The argument that the other two teams have to get across is that the changes from the original that they have are outweighed by other factors – interest, excitement, celebrity, reach and a host of other things I am sure the teams are already working on.

Always 1895 will be revealing the team members as they are confirmed – as you can imagine, there are several heavyweights in the Holmes world that come from the traditionalist camp.

There are a few days to join the  The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate Facebook page where the 80 audience places will be released in October. There are around 400 members now but we expect that number to increase a lot with the introduction of team 3.

Please remember the debate is supporting two important causes – Save Undershaw and BAFTA for Jeremy Brett – please check out their sites and join/like their pages on Facebook (Undershaw Trust on Facebook) (BAFT4JB on Facebook).

 

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