Life Is Amazing: Hello Christine, tell us about your story and what else you’re doing at Holmes Fest 2018?.
Christine: I’m a writer and performer, I am performing at ‘Three Cheers for Arthur Conan Doyle’, a new piece of writing that I’m calling “Mrs. H”.
I will also be appearing at Moriarty’s Mischief at Canvas Cafe on Saturday 30 June and am taking the lead with T’Articulation as the compere of Sherlock’s Shout Out at the Hunter Gatherer on Tuesday 3rd July.
Christine: I love Sherlock Homes because he is perfectly flawed, totally barking mad, and possibly quite hot.
Life Is Amazing: What would you investigate if you could investigate anything at all?
Christine: If I were Sherlock, I would investigate any little mystery that came my way, especially after a few puffs on my pipe.
Life Is Amazing: If Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes went shopping, what one item would each buy, and why?
Christine: I once saw Moriarty and Sherlock together in Charlotte Street Market. Sherlock was purchasing onions and Moriarty a new pair of leather thigh length boots. I couldn’t for the life of me say why.
The fact that Conan Doyle spent time in Southsea and he created Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson whilst he was living here inspired me to write my story of sinister retribution, called Dear John. I used the twisted mind of a so-called madwoman to weave this dark story – and I have to add, it’s purely from my imagination. Relatives of Doyle should therefore not be disturbed or offended by its dark tone!
After completing an MA in Creative Writing, Christine published her first novel, Caught in the Web. She is now about to finish her second novel, Payback which she plans to publish this year. She is passionate about writing, playwriting, acting and directing, runs the wardrobe at Titchfield Festival Theatre. She particularly enjoys performing her own writings and meeting people. She writes at www.southwickwriterwoman.blogspot.co.uk
Christine was one of the authors involved in the Portsmouth Bookfest 20 x 12, has short stories published in Portsmouth Fairy Tales for Grown-ups, and Day of the Dead. She has performed at events including the Victorious Festival, Portsmouth Plugged-in, St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, Day of the Dead, I,II and IIIat the Square Tower and several other locations in Portsmouth, including the Guildhall, The Kings Theatre and the New Theatre Royal. Recently Christine was one of the fourteen writers who took part in the Writing Edward King project at Portsmouth City Museum which received Arts Council Funding. She performed her writing for this project in several venues across the City.
Caught in the Web is available on Amazon as a paperback as well as an Ebook on Kindle. It is also stocked in Blackwells, Portsmouth, Waterstones in Portsmouth and Fareham, as well as at The Book Shop Lee-on-the-Solent.
10 brilliantly talented storytellers will be joined by musicians, a projectionist and a duellist on Wednesday 28th June at the Square Tower to celebrate Arthur Conan Doyle’s life in Portsmouth.
The writers who will be regaling us with their stories include internationally published authors of Victorian crime fiction, local authors with a knack for spinning the perfect yarn and song writers, too.
The story tellers are:
William George Sutton – creator of the Campbell Lawless series of crime novels
Diana Bretherick – doctor of criminology and author of City of Devils and The Devil’s Daughters
Tony Noon – experienced storyteller well-known for his appearances at the Square Tower’s Day of the Dead event
Justin MacCormack – prolific author across genres, with a wicked sense of humour and a sense of the creepy
Christine Lawrence – author of Caught In The Web, with a unique brand of story-telling
Alan Morris – joyous performer who loves to dress up in Victorian gear and regale us with something unexpected
Zella Compton – playwright, short story writer, News columnist and children’s novelist
Charlotte Comley – organiser of Lovedean Writers’ Group and one of the funniest, wryest and most brilliant tale tellers in the south.
Amanda Garrie – smooth deliverer of intriguing tales.
Find out more about the musicians and the duellists, soon.