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SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE CONVENTION TO TAKE PLACE IN BIRMINGHAM

20 May 2015

On 27th May Birmingham will host the first ever convention celebrating the life of Sherlock Holmes’ creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle lived in Aston for several months from 1879 to 1882 as a dispensing assistant in a pharmacy, while away from his studies at Edinburgh University.

He published his first story The Mystery of Sasassa Valley and his first non-fiction work Gelseminum as a Poison during this time.

Conan Doyle is also thought to have taken inspiration for the name of the family in The Hound of the Baskervilles from Birmingham businessman John Baskerville, the famous printer who invented the typeface.

These strong connections influenced publishers KnightWatch to hold the convention here.

Convention spokesperson Theresa Derwin said: "We decided to hold Conan Doyle Con in May, to honour his birthday (he was born May 22). Birmingham has some fantastic reasons to be proud of itself, not only is it a central location, and relatively easy to get to, but it is a vibrant, multicultural city with obvious link to Conan Doyle himself."

See the official booking site for how to get tickets to the event.