London People: Sherlock’s Psychogeographic Adventure

Following on from last week’s Sherlock Holmes series on this blog, Soul City Wanderer speculates on whether Arthur Conan Doyle had endowed his fictional detective with a natural sense of psychogeography. Relying on a specific sense can be part of the psychogeographic experience. The writer Will Self, who taught a psychogeography module at Brunel University,Continue reading “London People: Sherlock’s Psychogeographic Adventure”

London People: Sherlock’s Grand Day Out – An Elementary London Tour

Sherlock’s Grand Day Out is a self-guided tour of the famous fictional detective’s London haunts. But how can we claim it to be the most ‘elementary’ of Sherlock tours? Well, first of all, not only is the Soul City Wanderer an old Holmes aficionado, he is also a top qualified London tour guide. Secondly, whileContinue reading “London People: Sherlock’s Grand Day Out – An Elementary London Tour”

London People: ‘Sherlock’s’ Homes

Tomorrow, for Sherlock Holmes fans everywhere, Soul City Wanderer will present Sherlock’s Grand London Day Out, a definitive tour of the detective’s haunts. As a prelude, here is a short essay on the residencies of the Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Scotland on May 22nd, 1859 toContinue reading “London People: ‘Sherlock’s’ Homes”

London People: 1920: Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘Annus Horribilis’

One hundred years ago, the reputation of the legendary creator of Sherlock Holmes began to take a tumble. The Soul City Wanderer investigates. Perhaps it was inevitable. There had always been an alternate side to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle which would led him towards controversy in his later life. After he became an established detectiveContinue reading “London People: 1920: Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘Annus Horribilis’”

London People: Sherlock Holmes’ Musical London (Part 2)

The second part of the Soul City Wanderer’s response to detective fiction writer Anthony Horowitz’s claim that Sherlock Holmes had “no interest in music”. The Adventure of the Cardboard Box: Paganini. While investigating the case of the Cardboard Box, Holmes and Watson are having lunch somewhere near Croydon, as you do. Holmes is once againContinue reading “London People: Sherlock Holmes’ Musical London (Part 2)”

London People: Sherlock Holmes’ Musical London (Part 1)

Last week, Soul City Wanderer watched a programme on the Sky Arts channel entitled Sherlock Holmes vs Arthur Conan Doyle. It was about the author’s strained relationship with his own literary creation. One of the contributors was Anthony Horowitz, an English writer who specialises in the detective mystery genre. In 2011, Horowitz was officially endorsedContinue reading “London People: Sherlock Holmes’ Musical London (Part 1)”