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Conan Doyle Events at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

We’re really looking forward to a cracking line up of Conan Doyle related events at the mighty Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August! We hope you get to make at least one of these fine occasions dedicated to Conan Doyle or even Sherlock Holmes... "It is a peculiar irony that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthplace in Edinburgh’s Old Town, long since demolished is not today marked with a statue of the writer himself but by a statue of his most famous creation - Sherlock Holmes, the character Conan Doyle came to believe was largely responsible for destroying his reputation as a serious literary figure. Perhaps it is understandable; after all, Holmes is the most famous man who never lived.” Russell Miller, The Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle

Baker Street Times

News from the North! We're pleased to publish an extract from July's Baker Street Times - which documents Cathy Beggs, one of the directors of the Conan Doyle Estate and the great niece of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as she visited the Conan Doyle Centre in Edinburgh. Eleanor Docherty from the Centre gives us the low-down! Also - don't miss 3 great Conan Doyle and Sherlock events hosted as part of The Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August!

Conan Doyle for the Defence by Margalit Fox

We've been following the progress and the reviews of 'Conan Doyle for the Defence' by Margalit Fox – which involves a sensational murder, the quest for justice and the World's greatest Detective Writer - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Margalit Fox takes us step by step inside Conan Doyle’s investigative process and illuminates a murder mystery that is also a morality play for our time—a story of ethnic, religious, and anti-immigrant bias. This is a review from The Guardian.

10 Movies to Fill the ‘Jurassic’-Sized Hole in Your Heart

We were delighted when Sir Arthur's 'The Lost World' was listed first in The New York Times as being a 'must-watch' this Summer... The Lost World is listed amongst other cult classics such as 'King Kong', The Time Machine, Jaws, The Fly and The Most Dangerous Game.

Holmes Fest 2018 – The Return of Conan Doyle

Our mission is to raise the profile of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - and it always is a great pleasure when we see others joining in to fly the flag for our favourite Man!

The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes Arrives in Houston

The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes is just one example of the global reach and world class expertise that The Conan Doyle Estate can provide. Our international network of specialists have been closely involved in consultancy and detailing for the making of the exhibition and it was with pride that it was opened in 2013 at the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry by Richard Doyle,senior director of The Conan Doyle Estate and Sir Arthur’s grandnephew.

The Disintegration Machine

The Conan Doyle Estate has had the pleasure of assisting Peter Davidson a Film and Media Arts Student from the University of Utah. This has been almost a two year conversation and we are delighted to have been able to help Peter realise his ambition.

Elementary?

One of the Conan Doyle Estate’s long term licences is with CBS and Elementary. This article by Noah Berlatsky explores why the ever popular TV show succeeds.

The Arthur Conan Doyle Room

We're always on the look out for excellent tip offs when it comes to intel on The Man... One of the foremost Sherlock Holmes collections is hidden away at a Toronto library and is a 'must visit' for all Conan Doyle fans.

The Tartan Toast

Members of The Conan Doyle Estate travelled to Edinburgh to toast the launch of the new Sherlock Holmes Tartan - the latest licence to be granted by The Conan Doyle Estate.

Weaving Family and Holmes Together

On the eve of the launch of Sherlock Holmes tartan, Richard Pooley, Director of The Conan Doyle Estate and Step Great Grandson of Arthur Conan Doyle shares his thoughts and family insights into this exciting new licence for the Estate.

Mystery Man

We've recently been contacted by Bill Becker from The American Museum of Photography who wanted to tap into The Conan Doyle Estate's network of experts. The reason? A mysterious photograph with a question mark above a certain man's identity.

Phase Two!

We're delighted to launch phase two of our new website! Have a look around! Where would we go first? Read more for our top recommendations!

Family Connections. A Letter & An Invite

We received a fascinating and most welcome correspondence from Bernard Hornung. "Willie Hornung married Constance Doyle, and became Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's brother in law. E W Hornung inverted the Sherlock Holmes plot and created Raffles and his sidekick Bunny Manders. Willie's elder brother Pitt Hornung, was a sugar magnate, and my great grandfather."

Merry Christmas from The Conan Doyle Estate

It's been quite the year and the family would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who has been in touch, submitted stories, hatched plans with us, enquired about working with us, had inspirational conversations and jumped on board with the Estate in 2017.

Sherlock Holmes Tartan

We are really excited about this! Fashion designer Tania Henzell has created a new tartan under the name 'Sherlock Holmes Tartan'. Tania is the step, great, great grand daughter of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

First Editions Re-Covered

We have recently been contacted by House of Illustration, a public gallery solely dedicated to illustration and graphic arts. Their news? The artist Christopher Brown has just created a one-off book jacket for The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle.

The Sherlock Holmes Collection of Daniel Posnansky

One of the most impressive private Conan Doyle/Sherlock Holmes collection since the late Fred Kittle donated his to Chicago's Newberry Library is to be auctioned on the 19th December 2017.

Family Perspective - The Big Question

How did Sherlock Holmes become the most famous literary detective in the world? It is a question the Conan Doyle Estate gets asked almost every week! We asked Estate director and Conan Doyle's Step Great Grandson Richard Pooley to give us his take on the burning question.

New Adventures

Our adventures with Arthur Conan Doyle take us all around the World and we recently found ourselves in Paris on a fine and sunny Autumnal day to scope out a new project.

An Interview With Michelle Birkby

The Conan Doyle Estate are proud to be working with talented creatives who craft a new legacy from Arthur Conan Doyle's works. Michelle Birkby is no exception, with her bestsellers The House at Baker Street and The Women of Baker Street.

Trendsetter & Influencer

Always great to see Arthur Conan Doyle in the news, this time as a trendsetter and influencer! We of course love the reference to The Hope, which was of course documented by Conan Doyle in his Hope Diaries.

National Poetry Day

It's #NationalPoetryDay ! The theme is Freedom. In the spirit of fun and the thrill of loosing yourself even if just for a second in the thrill of a moment, we've chosen an extract from Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The Farnshire Cup'. It's a rollicking good tale of galloping horses, gossip from the stands and all the excitement of race day!

WIN! Special Edition Lost World Art

We are delighted to give fans of Arthur Conan Doyle and The Conan Doyle Estate the chance to win one of two signed and numbered editions from a set of 100 screen prints. The Estate have worked with Vice Press and the incredible Matt Ferguson to release a very limited edition screen print for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic novel The Lost World.

Flashback. The Royal Albert Hall

It's great to see memories of our Great Uncle popping up. We love The Royal Albert Hall's newsletter this week. Their flashback to 'This week in 1901: the Hall hosts the World’s first bodybuilding contest.'

My Dear Watson

We recently received a whole parcel of 'My Dear Watson' memorabilia from playwright and composer Jami-Leigh Bartschi with a wonderfully heartfelt note of gratitude.

Saving Lives

The Conan Doyle Estate has been following the journey of Philip Abbott as he raises awareness of Arthur Conan Doyle in his campaign for Body Armour. Philip was in touch with us in March this year to gain access to some images to add to his exhibition for which he very kindly credits the Conan Doyle Estate. Philip has not only got the exhibition up and running and on tour with the help of a grant, he has also written a book 'Saving Lives'.

Edinburgh Festival 2017

Great to see Arthur Conan Doyle included in an all star line-up for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Ann Treherne presents 'Arthur Conan Doyle - The Spiritualist' over a series of five talks hosted at The Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Edinburgh.

My Dear Watson, It's a Wrap!

As the curtain goes down and the reviews come in, The Conan Doyle Estate is proud to reveal the success of MY DEAR WATSON a Sherlock Holmes musical, which took a starring role in the 2017 New York Musical Festival. The production was funded in part by The Conan Doyle Estate. Conan Doyle Estate director, Richard Doyle, says of the collaboration, "The Conan Doyle Estate's main aim is to have the voice of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle heard by modern audiences. I am sure my great uncle would have been delighted that his family, through the Conan Doyle Estate, is supporting My Dear Watson. His passion for innovation and the arts is beautifully represented by Jami-Leigh Bartschi."

Conan Doyle Events at Undershaw

Undershaw is the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of one of the World's best known fictional characters Sherlock Holmes. He bought the land and helped to design a house to meet the needs of his sick wife. It is now an independent special school with charitable status.

Vice Press Presents: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World by Matt Ferguson

Vice Press and Matt Ferguson are honoured to have worked with the Conan Doyle Estate to release a very limited edition screen print for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel The Lost World!

Will Ferrell on new film The House, playing Sherlock Holmes and Saturday Night Live

The actor stars with former 'SNL' mate Amy Poehler in 'The House' as a husband and wife who open an underground casino in their neighbour's home to pay for their daughter's college fees.

Arthur Conan Doyle Lecture Series

The Stepping Stones school, as the new custodian of Undershaw, is launching a year long series of lectures and events to celebrate the history and heritage of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Undershaw and the great detective Sherlock Holmes.

Conan Doyle Estate Backs NYMF's New Sherlock Holmes Musical MY DEAR WATSON

MY DEAR WATSON, a Sherlock Holmes musical, is an official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival. The production will be funded in part by The Conan Doyle Estate, the family estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who wrote the Sherlock Holmes stories from 1887 to 1927.

Every Clue Counts. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Tribute

The Conan Doyle Estate finds great pleasure in seeing the effort & endeavour inspired by the works of Conan Doyle. Here is part of a correspondence between Bryan Andress, a special education teacher working at Downes Elementary in Newark, DE and Richard Pooley, Director of the Conan Doyle Estate and Arthur Conan Doyle's step great-grandson.

Arthur Conan Doyle, the Photographer

What came before Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes? Discover the world-famous writer's passion for large format photography.

A Study in Scarlet features in Wall Street Journal's "Five Best" series

The weekend Wall Street Journal's splendid Review section carries as part of its book reviews a "Five Best" series, in which a writer, on a literary theme of his or her choice, picks and discusses five books he or she feels significant. This weekend it was Anthony Horowitz, the literary theme he chose was Revenge, and one of the five books he discusses is A Study in Scarlet.

Ledbury youngster cross-examines top author

A LEDBURY youngster will never forget his visit to this years' Hay Festival, because he got to interview one of his favourite authors on the big stage.

Sherlock Holmes arrives Down Under

If you've ever fancied yourself a daring detective or super sleuth, it's time to put yourself to the test, as The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes comes to Sydney.

Powerhouse Museum Sherlock Holmes exhibition unites science, literature ... and blood

Mr Curley, an American, has taken this exhibition around the world - Sydney is the seventh stop. He said he had unprecedented co-operation from the Conan Doyle Estate.

Foyle's War creator will take you on a mind-bending thriller

Mindgame - A mind-bending psychological thriller from the pen of Anthony Horowitz - creator of Foyles War - comes to Preston Guild Hall on June 19 - 21.

Why Cultural Appropriation" is such a Stupid & Dangerous Notion

Richard Pooley, is one of the Conan Doyle Estate's directors, Arthur Conan Doyle's Step Great Grandson and a journalist in his own right. He gives some thought to the term "cultural appropriation" and its censorious proponents.

J.M. Barrie’s Literary All-Star Cricket Team

J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan decided to form an amateur cricket team, and recruited many of his famous friends to join him, including Arthur Conan Doyle!

My Dear Watson Receives backing from the Conan Doyle Estate

My Dear Watson, a Sherlock Holmes musical written by Orlando area composer Jami-Leigh Bartschi, has been named an official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival and will make its New York City debut in July.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 14-bed Victorian home transformed into a school

THE FORMER home of Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has been given a new lease of life as a school for the disabled.

Conan Doyle's floral token of love for sale

A snowdrop picked 99 years ago by Arthur Conan Doyle is expected to sell for £500.

Sherlock’s Very Dear Stalker

You would think that creating Sherlock Holmes would be legacy enough, but the heirs of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are keen to remind us that...

Finnish-American Snapper Films Unveils ‘Sherlock North’

TV series is based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters, authorised by the Conan Doyle Estate.

Benedict Cumberbatch is Related to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Turns out Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is related to a lot of famous Englishmen...

Arthur Conan Doyle revealed: 5 things you didn’t know about Sherlock Holmes’s creator

Sherlock returns to our screens on New Year’s Day. We found out a few things you might not have known about the man behind the iconic character.

Will Ferrell's Holmes and Watson adds Lauren Lapkus

We learned back in August that Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly had finally found the movie to bring their comedy partnership back to the big screen in Sherlock Holmes-based comedy knockabout Holmes And Watson. The film has just added the first new cast member, with Jurassic World's Lauren Lapkus aboard.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s campaign for better armour on the Western Front

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is best known as the creator of the great detective Sherlock Holmes, although he received his knighthood not for his contribution to English literature, but for defending Britain’s conduct of the Boer War (1899-1902).

There’s a new mystery to solve at the Pacific Science Center’s Sherlock Holmes exhibit

Pacific Science Center is bringing the world of Sherlock Holmes to life with its new exhibit, The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, which is in Seattle through Jan. 8.

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