Archive for May, 2015

News Bulletin 253

“I am glad of all these details, whether they seem to you to be relevant or not”*

Conan Doyle Estate v Mr Holmes

For those who want more meat on the bones of the “Conan Doyle Estate sues the makers of Mr Holmes” story, try here, here and here. Inevitably, there’s a degree of duplication.


“Let’s go”

William Gillette’s classic film, Sherlock Holmes (1916), is being screened this Sunday evening 31st May at the Castro Theatre, SF. It’s part of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.


Conan Doyle Con is on

There’s going to be a one-day Conan Doyle Convention in Birmingham this Saturday (30th May).


And what’s going on here?

A crowd funding campaign for Sherlock Holmes v Frankenstein started on Monday last on Indiegogo. There’s more on Facebook and there’s also a Blog.


It’s elementary, Madam Secretary

The Commodore of the Crew, Alex Kane, is a commentator and columnist across the NI media. He writes a Monday column for the News Letter, usually on the subject which Watson once said Holmes had only a feeble knowledge of. His hero is quite frequently referenced or quoted in these political articles, but rarely do we see him doing a full length piece like this one – given the date, one might possibly say that it was “Holmes for the holiday.” The article first appeared in the paper’s print edition on Monday 25 May and is now accessible online.



News Bulletin 252

“This was news to me indeed”*

It’s gloves off as the Conan Doyle Estate lands first punch

Having been floored by the outcome of the “Free Sherlock” case in the US, the Conan Doyle Estate is bouncing back; it’s suing the maker of Mr Holmes, the new Sherlock Holmes film due in cinemas next month (19 June in UK/Ireland). The story is unfolding here.


Inevitable, my dear Watson

Yes, someone was bound to do it; a new society has been created, by persons utterly devoted to Holmes’ nemesis.  While it would be going too far to wish them well, nevertheless, the website address of the Napoleons of Crime has been included on our Society Links page (under ‘Related’). Best we keep a watchful eye on what they may be getting up to, don’t you think?


The records of your detective have reached us here, but not just yet

The rediscovered 1916 silent classic Sherlock Holmes, starring William Gillette, is being released later in the year for home viewing. So far there’s only news of it re its American Blu-ray and DVD release so we await developments nearer to the home front (that’s means us!).


15 curious facts about Sherlock Holmes

Some curious facts about our hero and the Sherlockian subculture.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in Belfast: The 1925 Visit

In the wake of our recent event in the Ulster Hall (Thursday 14 May), which was a considerable success; Alex Kane has been talking to BBC Radio Ulster’s Sunday Sequence (17 May) about Conan Doyle and spiritualism. You’ll need to go about 75 minutes into the programme to catch this segment.

Earlier the previous week, The Arts Show (Radio Ulster, 12 May) provided a quick opportunity to plug the event. The item is about 25 minutes into the 30 minute programme. Note: both these broadcasts are only available for a limited time.



News Bulletin 251

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in Belfast: The 1925 Visit

Publicity is stepping up a gear for our event on Thursday 14th May at the Ulster Hall, starting at 1.00pm.

This morning, the Culture Northern Ireland website has given us a great plug – read all about it here!

The event is part of the Ulster Hall’s “Literary Lunchtimes” programme – click here for even more Ulster Hall events.



News Bulletin 250

“The May Day when last I heard”*

Sherlock Holmes at the Proms!

Yes, it’s true, and the date is Sunday 16 August 2015. The event is called Prom 41: Sherlock Holmes – A Musical Mind. For those who can’t be there, it will be broadcast live on BBC Radio3 (and it will be available on the BBC iPlayer for 30 days afterwards).

Here’s the Telegraph article on this story, and from Classic FM, 10 musical facts about Sherlock Holmes which might just strike the right note for you.

Author Ruth Rendell dies aged 85

The BBC News story is here.

Since 2009, ‘The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes’ (as members will or should know by now, the approved Crew edition for studies is ‘The Penguin Complete’) has included a foreword by Ruth Rendell.

A Capital Return!

The Sherlock Holmes Society of London’s Mini Festival Weekend starts on Thursday 14 May.

William Gillette’s Sherlock Holmes

There’s a screening of the restored 1916 classic at the San Francisco Film Festival on 31 May. Apparently, wearing flowers in your hair is optional if you’re going to San Francisco (the Flower Pot Men are buzzing around in my head as I write this, closely followed by Scott McKenzie!).

When will we get to see it nearer home? How long is a piece of string? In the meantime, here’s an excellent article from the BFI’s ‘Sight& Sound’  (a  magazine which is always an absorbing read!).

New Zoids do Sherlock

Episode 2 of ITV’s new topical puppet comedy animation sketch show includes a SH sketch (Catch it here). Episode 4 is due on Wednesday 6 May at 9pm (haven’t checked out episode 3 yet). Be warned!  If you loved Spitting Image, you might be disappointed. New Zoids is but a pale imitation of that iconic series.

Cu na mBaskerville

The Linen Hall Library, Belfast is holding a monthly Irish Language Book Club as part of the Líofa programme launched by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure to encourage and promote the use of the Irish language. Book clubs have been set up all across Northern Ireland and all clubs will read the same titles.

Saturday 6th June Cu na mBaskerville / Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Looking ahead

The Linen Hall Library is one of Belfast’s oldest and most treasured institutions. This Halloween, The Wireless Mystery Theatre Company will be giving a performance of The Hound of the Baskervilles there. It’s the first time they’ll have presented this production in the Greater Belfast area, as far as I know. More details will be announced when they come to hand.

Mr Holmes

Here’s an article on Mr Holmes (the new Sherlock Holmes film due in UK and Irish cinemas on 19 June) which you may not have seen before. To be precise as to detail, we have it on the good authority of Empire magazine that it’s Mr Holmes, not Mr. Holmes. 

The Great Mouse Detective

Is this the perfect gateway drug to Sherlock Holmes?


A report on the recent fan convention from the Mirror and talking of cons, here’s the gen on the Conan Doyle Con, due in Birmingham on 30 May.