Conan Doyle Con, Birmingham

Pd_Moriarty_by_Sidney_PagetQuite excited that I have been asked to be a guest at Conan Doyle Con on Sat 30th May 2015.

Fictitious character or not – as  child I always felt an affinity with Holmes! Holmes is, after all, my mother’s, father’s, family name! (Edwards is the maternal line).

Now Holmeses are legion in South Wales, and I always assumed that the family were dyed in the wool Taffs, but no.   On doing some family research a few years back I discovered that my Gr-Grancha, William Holmes was, in fact, a Devonshire lad!  His family lived, loved and learned in the village of Alphington,  now a part of  Exeter.

George was one of those unusual people of the time – a divorcee! His first wife, Minnie Stamp, having run away to marry a Bill Sandover – publican of the Devonshire Inn, Ridgeway, Plympton st. Mary, Devon. George left his native land and migrated to Treforest !

My story  The Jamesian Conundrum, to appear in october this year in The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Moriarty: The Secret Life of Sherlock Holmes’s Nemesis, is also set in the west country; which gives it all a strange sense of circularity.

Conan Doyle Con  will be on Sat 30th May 2015.from 12pm at The City Tavern Birmingham Five Ways tickets £15 include a 10% discount of books bought on the day and a 90 min play by Reginald Musgrave Don’t go into the Cellar. With guests Tom Ue,  Michael R. BrushSimon Kurt Unsworth, Jan Edwards Rhys Hughes and Steve Lockley




      • On one of the crime fiction blogs that I follow I learnt recently that there’s an upcoming tv series based on the premise that Doyle and Houdini investigate psychic mysteries together. By the time I got there, there were about a zillion comments to the effect that this conceit was just yet another desecration of the reputation of two great historical figures. I had to point out that of course the two friends did investigate the psychic together, even though one was the personification of credulity (is that the name Cottingley I hear on the breeze?) whereas the other one, er, wasn’t. So the purported tv series, however dreadful it might prove to be, is at least based on some semblance of fact.

        Sorry: blethering.


      • The purists can get a little heated 🙂 Doyles interest in psychic events was well known. A veil – psychic or otherwise – should probably be drawn over the subject of fairies …


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