November 29th, 2011

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Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes - Anthony Horowitz in conversation with Roger Johnson

This event took place on Sunday (27 November) at the British Library. I could not go as I was at the event at the Globe looking at the "Authorship Question" in relation to William Shakespeare.

Bestselling author Anthony Horowitz was commissioned to write a new Sherlock Holmes novel by the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle and "The House of Silk" was published on 1 November 2011. At the event, Anthony Horowitz talked about the book, about the great detective and his trusty assistant Watson, and Conan Doyle’s achievement, with Roger Johnson, editor of the Sherlock Holmes Journal.

Roger Johnson has informed me that Steve Emecz has now posted a brief report of the interview here:
It gives a flavour of the event, but does not detail the questions that were asked or the answers that were given, which was what I was interested in. That said, I still think that it is well worth a read. If nothing else, it alerted me to the fact that Roger Johnson has his own book out - "In The Night, In The Dark" which includes several collections of ghost stories including Tales from The Endeavour which won the Dracula Award when it was originally published.

My feature on The House of Silk is here:
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Swivel Theatre Company: Tickets for Twelfth Night now on sale

The Swivel Theatre Company: Classic theatre … with a twist

Twelfth Night is going to be on stage at the Cockpit Theatre from the 29th of February until the 18th of March 2012 (excluding Mondays). The preview will be on the 29th February, with the Press Night on 1 March. The play starts every day at 7:30pm.

For tickets call The Cockpit box office on: 020 7258 2925 (lines open 12 till 6, Monday to Friday)

Follow the link for all the details:

Swivel have chosen Twelfth Night for their second production because they are looking for a new challenge. After tackling one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies (Othello), they thought they should attempt one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies. Their "twist" is that the setting will be Morocco, represented and presented in all its richness and diversity, and the Houses of Orsino and Olivia will be Moroccan households. Their production will be a veritable feast for all of your senses.

Swivel Theatre Company

Swivel Theatre Company is a new theatre company, based in London. Their mission is to produce classic plays in a new and dynamic way, to make the plays more accessible to the general public. They are a group of young professionals, who are passionate about theatre and who want to share their love and enthusiasm for the theatre with others.

The Swivel Theatre Company website is here:

Finally, follow the link to read my features on The Swivel Theatre Company:
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Southwark Sleepout - Friday 2 December

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Jo Brand is lending her support to a charity sleepout in the grounds of Southwark Cathedral on Friday 2 December in aid of the Robes Project.

The only church run winter shelter of its kind between the South Bank and Croydon, the project provides a hot dinner, somewhere to sleep and wash, and a cooked breakfast for up to 15 homeless guests every night between November and April. The project also helps guests find training, jobs and long-term accommodation.

It is run by 19 South London churches, with the aid of 300 volunteers and donations from churches, businesses and individuals.

To keep the shelter open for the whole winter, Robes is asking people to help fundraise by spending a sponsored night sleeping rough in the grounds of the Cathedral.

If anyone can do this, I would encourage them to do so. I cannot as I have already done the Terrence Higgins Walk for Life and the Maggie's Night Hike this year - I really cannot ask people to sponsor me again. However, if you are a Londoner, looking for a good cause to support in the run up to Christmas, this is a very strong contender.

For further details follow the link:
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Shakespeare: Staging the world, British Museum - Tickets on sale

Cut and pasted from an email from the British Museum:

Following the BBC's exciting announcement about their new 20-part radio series in conjunction with the British Museum, Shakespeare’s Restless World, we wanted to remind you that you can now book tickets for the Museum's major exhibition for 2012 - Shakespeare: staging the world (19 July - 25 November).

This major exhibition, supported by BP, is in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and will provide a unique insight into the emerging role of London as a world city 400 years ago, seen through the innovative perspective of Shakespeare's plays.

The exhibition is already proving popular, so in the words of Shakespeare himself, if you are booking tickets, "twere well it were done quickly..." (Macbeth, Act I Scene vii).

Part of the World Shakespeare Festival, which is part of the London 2012 Festival.

For more information follow the link:

Book tickets here:
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Scotland implements law against forced marriages

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Cut and pasted from the OBV website:

Scotland has implemented a new law which protects people from being married against their will. The news will be welcomed by victims of forced marriages as they will have greater help and protection from the law.

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Raks's says:
Well done Scotland ... Come On England!