All-Festival events

Art, Exhibitions, Displays and Children’s events

The Case of the Portsmouth Doctor:
The Story of Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, and their Greatest Collector

 25 September – 4 October, 10am – 4.30pm, Meridian Centre, Havant
This fascinating exhibition will highlight some of the delights of the recently acquired Richard Lancelyn Green Conan Doyle Collection which was bequeathed to Portsmouth City Council in 2004.
The 16,000 books, 2,000 objects and 1,000 large boxes of archive material have wonderful stories to tell from the development of the iconic literary figure of Sherlock Holmes, through spiritualism and stories of fairies to the embracing of new developments in science and technology.
The Collection was the life’s work of leading world expert on Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Richard Lancelyn Green. 

Read ON
25 September – 4 October, First Floor, Meridian Centre, Havant
Thirty one famous opening paragraphs from classic and contemporary novels. How many do you recognise? How many make you want to read on . . .

Calligraphy Exhibition – Ships
25 September – 4 October, Ground Floor, Nineveh Bookshop and Gallery
A stunning exhibition to accompanying the introductory talk and workshop on Wednesday.  

Art Over Water – Exhibition
25 September – 4 October, First Floor, Nineveh Bookshop and Gallery
A free exhibition of fine-art and printwork reflecting the theme of water.

Angel Radio, 101.1FM
Havant’s own unique radio station, Angel Radio will have full coverage of the Festival plus some special Arthur Conan Doyle- related broadcasts.

Children’s Colouring Competition,
25 September – 4 October
Pick up your free competition entry from Bookends, Emsworth Museum or Emsworth Library, colour in your picture and return to Bookends, 7 High Street, Emsworth by Tuesday, 6 October. Two age categories, under sevens and seven and above, will each win a first prize of a £10 book token and a second prize of vouchers to spend in Bookends. Get colouring!

Children’s Shop Window Literary Quiz
25 September – 4 October
Pick up a list of the shops taking part (from Bookends, Emsworth Museum or Emsworth Library) and see how many of the picture clues you can solve. Is it a quotation, an author or a book title? Two age categories, under elevens and eleven and over, will each win a first prize of a £10 book token and a second prize of vouchers to spend in Bookends.

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