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“Worldwide Doyle” – This summer’s talks via Zoom from Portsmouth’s Conan Doyle Collection

July 2 - July 15

Worldwide Doyle 2024

News of the 2024 Worldwide Doyle talks, held via Zoom, from the Conan Doyle Collection, based at Portsmouth Central Library. Free tickets are now available from WeGotTickets – see the individual listings below.

Following on from 2021’s Professor Neil McCaw Lecture Series, we are delighted to present this year’s talks from researchers who have recently used the Richard Lancelyn Green Bequests’ vast Conan Doyle Collection.
Portsmouth’s Conan Doyle Collection is perhaps the most wide-ranging of its type in the world – including everything from letters written by Conan Doyle to Snoopy outfits and board games.


2 July 2024 – 7pm

Professor Christine Ferguson – University of Stirling:
Towards the Centenary of The Land of Mist –
Arthur Conan Doyle, Spiritualism, and Scandal in 1920s Britain

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First serialized in the Strand between 1925-26, Arthur Conan Doyle described The Land of Mist as his “big psychic novel” which would, he hoped, prompt wide-spread conversion to the modern spiritualist cause he had been publicly championing since 1916. My talk examines how the novel developed from and responded to various controversies in the early nineteenth-twenties British occult scene, including the Cottingley Fairy fiasco, the tabloid crusade against Thelemic sex magician Aleister Crowley, and Harry Houdini’s public attack on the authenticity of Jean Doyle’s mediumship. We will see how Doyle enlisted the capable male adventurer characters from Doyle’s popular Professor Challenger series to promote a sane, seemingly scientific, and scandal-free brand of Christian spiritualism in line with his increasingly conservative and enduringly nationalistic outlook, one often at odds with the cosmopolitan modernity that The Land of Mist depicts.


8 July 2024 – 7pm

Paul Chapman, Ross Davies and Mark Jones:
“The Adventure of the Imaginary Pedlar” –
Arthur Conan Doyle and the Army on Manoeuvres

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Ross Davies, BSI (“The Temple”) is a law professor at George Mason University (law.gmu.edu/faculty) and founder of the ACD Society (acdsociety.com). He edits the Green Bag and the Baker Street Almanac (greenbag.org). His recent books include A Masterpiece of Villainy (about Sherlock Holmes) and The Black Book of Justice Holmes (about the American judge Oliver Wendell Holmes, not the British detective). His next book, Casey at the Bat and the Supreme Court (in which both Holmeses appear), is about baseball.

Mark Jones, BSI (“Peter Jones”), MBt, ASH, is a Sherlockian and Doylean from York in the United Kingdom. Originally a history lecturer, he now works with universities across the world as a consultant. He has written for the many Sherlockian journals including the Baker Street Journal, The Sherlock Holmes Journal and The Magic Door and is a regular contributor to Canadian Holmes. His most recent book, Conan Doyle – Mystery and Adventure: Inside the Lost 1967 BBC TV Series, was released in 2023. He is the co-host of Doings of Doyle –The Arthur Conan Doyle podcast, with Paul M. Chapman.

Paul M. Chapman has written widely on Victorian and Edwardian genre literature, with a particular focus on the works of Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, J.S. Le Fanu, and M.R. James. He was a staff writer on Sherlock magazine for ten years and edited The Ritual for the Northern Musgraves Sherlock Holmes Society; he is the co-host, with Mark Jones, of the Doings of Doyle podcast. He is also the author of Birth of a Legend: Count Dracula, Bram Stoker and Whitby and has contributed articles and reviews to ACD: The Journal of the Arthur Conan Doyle Society; The Musgrave Papers; All Hallows; Ghosts & Scholars; Wormwood; The New Sherlock Holmes Review; Steel True, Blade Straight; and Reading Holmes.

9 July 2024 – 7pm

Mattias Boström:
“Was Killing Sherlock Holmes a Stroke of Genius?” –
A Contemporary Perspective on Conan Doyle and His Creation in the Mid 1890s

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Mattias Boström, BSI (“The Swedish Pathological Society”) is the author of the critically acclaimed From Holmes to Sherlock: The Story of the Men and Women Who Created an Icon (published in the UK as The Life and Death of Sherlock Holmes: Master Detective, Myth and Media Star).

15 July 2024 – 7pm

Douglas Kerr:
1909: Arthur Conan Doyle Goes to the Theatre

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Was Conan Doyle a good dramatist? What happened when he decided to adapt The Tragedy of the Korosko, his adventure tale set on the Nile, into dramatic form? This talk sets out to tell the story of his dealings with actors, producers, audiences, and critics, and to show how and why the original tale evolved into something very different as it became the play The Fires of Fate, first staged in London’s West End in 1909.

Douglas Kerr is Honorary Professor of English at the University of Hong Kong and Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck, London University. He is the author of Conan Doyle: Writing, Profession and Practice (Oxford University Press), and General Editor of the Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Arthur Conan Doyle.

Laura Weston
Education and Outreach Officer

Conan Doyle Collection
Central Library
Guildhall Square
Portsmouth PO1 2DX


July 2
July 15
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Portsmouth Central Library
Guildhall Walk
Portsmouth, PO1 2DX United Kingdom
023 9281 9311
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