2nd November 10.30 am – 1.00 pm

From Sherlock Holmes to Hercule Poirot and Lord Peter Wimsey: origins and evolutions in classic detective fiction.

This study day will examine two different generations of detective fiction, from the early successes of Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes at the end of the nineteenth century to the celebrated creations of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers from the 1920s onwards. The first lecture will look at how the image of Sherlock Holmes was developed and altered in that character’s early years, and in particular how it was formed by several other people besides Arthur Conan Doyle. The second lecture looks at the two great Queens of Crime, Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers, in particular examining how they chronicled the rapidly changing London or the 1920s and ‘30s.

There will be a coffee break between the two lectures and time for questions at the end.

Richard is an actor, writer and historian whose work includes theatre, documentaries, audio books and lectures. Richard trained at the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama and his theatre ranges through tours, open air and site specific productions. His television repertoire includes Royal Deaths and Diseases (Channel 4) and Inventions that Changed the World (BBC) to name but a few. For documentaries he has voiced characters as diverse as Gustav Mahler and Napoleon Bonaparte.

Please note this half study day will be via a zoom platform. It is free to all members and there is no need to book a place.

Kay Study Day Co-ordinator.