Are you ready for The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate coming up this Saturday May 25? I hope so, because I’ll be defending the classic 1959 Hammer Studios adaptation of The Hounds of the Baskervilles and I could use your support!
Have certain Sherlock Holmes adaptations gone too far? We’ll find out as 25 Sherlockians defend such films and television programs as the Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes series, Young Sherlock Holmes, The Great Mouse Detective, Sherlock, and Elementary.
It’s all part of the celebration of the release of the new illustrated anthology The Art of Sherlock Holmes: West Palm Beach from MX Publishing, the world’s largest Sherlock Holmes publisher. This anthology features my Sherlock Holmes pastiche “The Case of the Petty Curses” with an original illustration by Robert St. Croix. (See below for a peak of Robert’s awesome illustration.)
The Debate as wells as the AOFSH book are raising funds for some great causes as well as helping to broaden the appeal of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works to new audiences.
May 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm GMT+1
Join us for a special Sherlock Holmes event being hosted from Undershaw, the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and now the home of Stepping Stones School. One hundred guests will join us in person with 400 additional tickets for fans to join online from around the world – online fans will be able to participate in the debate by live chat.
The event is available through one of its headline sponsors, Zoom, so you can join the Debate from anywhere in the world. Tickets range from £2 (approximately $2.60 USD) to have a go at the Sherlock Holmes raffle (see below), £5 (approximately $6.50 USD) for an online Debate ticket via Zoom, or £10 (approximately $13 USD) for a seat at Undershaw to personally join in all of the action.
All times are Greenwich Mean Time +1:
- Your choice of $100 worth of books from sherlockholmesbooks.com.
- A signed item from the original BBC Sherlock set (signed by the head set designer).
- A personal tour of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s home Undershaw including photo sitting in his study where he wrote many of the Sherlock Holmes stories.
- Original Benedict Cumberbatch painting by a Sherlockian artist.
- A program from the Royal Shakespeare Company’s ground-breaking production of William Gillette’s play Sherlock Holmes at the Aldwych Theatre in 1974, signed by the late Tim Pigott-Smith at The Sherlock Holmes pub during filming for the BBC TV documentary Timeshift: How to Be Sherlock Holmes. Tim portrayed Holmes’s friend and biographer Dr Watson in the play and in 1986 he starred as Holmes in The Valley of Fear on BBC Radio 4.
- A mint copy of The Wit and Wisdom of Sherlock Holmes: Humorous and Inspirational Quotes Celebrating the World’s Greatest Detective.
- A mint copy of The Sherlock Holmes Miscellany signed by authors Roger Johnson & Jean Upton. Foreword by Gyles Brandreth.
- … and much, much more!