Portsmouth writers, musicians and artists will be celebrating the life and times of Arthur Conan Doyle on Wednesday 28th June at the Square Tower Old Portsmouth with Holmes Fest! Conan Doyle lived in Portsmouth between 1882 and 1889, and during his stay at No. 1 Bush Villas on Elm Grove he began his writing career – and even created his best-known hero, super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes while living there. The evening’s organiser, Matt Wingett, says: “One fine summer’s days in late June 1882, 23-year-old Conan Doyle stepped off the Steam Packet from Plymouth on to Clarence Pier. It was the start of an incredibly fruitful period of his life and Holmes Fest 2017 will celebrate Doyle, Holmes, Portsmouth, crime fiction and the Victorian world.”
During his 7-year stay in Southsea, the young Dr Conan Doyle set up his practice at No. 1 Bush Villas, Elm Grove and began writing in his spare time. He had his first short stories accepted and fellow Portsmouth author, Sir Walter Besant introduced him to A P Watt, the agent who later got his Holmes short stories into the Strand Magazine.
135 years on, 10 local writers, musicians and artists will celebrate his life and times in an evening of storytelling and music, what’s more, there will even be Victorian duelling, a projectionist and a prize for the Best-Dressed Victorian from the audience.
Tickets for Holmes Fest 2017 cost £7.50 and are available online HERE. Light refreshments and drinks will be available throughout the night. Look out for more information about line-up and other events on the Holmes Fest 2017 Facebook page, and from the website: