The Game’s Afoot - Sherlock in the City // Ben Waddington
Sat 31 Aug // 1pm
Meet: entrance to Children’s Hospital, Steelhouse Lane B4 6NH
Birmingham may not be the first city you think of in association with uber-detective Sherlock Holmes but the evidence is there to be discovered. Creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle lived in the city at the time he was writing his first mysteries and his later Sherlock adventures borrow the names of several Birmingham figures and locations. Tantalisingly, the literary landscape of Conan Doyle’s stories owes much to his formative experiences of Birmingham and Aston. Amateur sleuth Ben Waddington looks for the clues that reveal Sherlock Holmes’ presence as it appears in names, places, art, literature and history. At once an affectionate tribute to the world’s most famous detective but also a reflection on the nature of evidence, critical thinking and how we arrive at our personal beliefs.
Ben is a Birmingham resident trained in Fine Art, has worked in heritage culture but more recently has been exploring the possibilities of the guided walk format. He is a co-director of Still Walking
Footwear suitable for urban walking and weather-appropriate clothing essential.
Join Ben after the walk for rest and refreshments at The Shakespeare Inn, 31 Summer Row B3 1JJ