Where I live there isn’t a lot of Sherlockian socializing going on. The closest group that I’m aware of is three hours to the west. I rarely travel to a Holmes-related event, but in a few weeks I get to go to one of the biggest and best of the year.
In case you haven’t heard, the launch party for the new anthology The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories will take place in London on October 1st, and I get to be there, for which I’m more thankful than I can express.
There are going to be numerous guests, including representatives of the Conan Doyle family, members of Sherlock Holmes Societies from London, France, and India, Baker Street Babes, people from Stepping Stones (the school that now owns Undershaw), Ben Cardall (“The Deductionist”), folks from BBC’s Sherlock, maybe a few other surprises, and perhaps most important to me, some of the authors from the anthology, all of whom have donated their time, stories, and royalties in order to make this project happen.
I’ve known some of these authors for a while, both in person and by email, and I met the rest as the anthology progressed. A nicer bunch couldn’t be found anywhere, and I’m really looking forward to seeing many of them in person.
And what a great place to meet them! The party is going to be held on the 35th Floor of the Heron Tower, overlooking all of London. I’ve seen pictures taken from the terrace, but I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like in real life. The event location has been donated by Powa Technologies, (publisher Steve Emecz’s day job), and it looks incredible!
As part of the launch event, MX is making the opportunity available to win a ticket to the event, either by attending in person in London, or from anywhere in the world via the web.
Some of the amazing prizes in the competition include:
a) Ten places at the Sherlock Holmes Collection launch, either in person or by web;
b) A signed and framed piece of wallpaper from the set of BBC Sherlock;
c) A set of lessons in deduction from “The Deductionist” Ben Cardall (delivered over Skype, so they are available to all).
d) A hardback set of the new collection;
To enter the competition using Powa’s amazing new PowaTag app for the competition:
Download the ‘PowaTag’ app from the app store, either through Apple – https://itunes.apple.com/app/znap-pay/id584357800 or Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mpayme.znap
. . . add your details to the app . . .
. . . and scan this this PowaTag from inside the app:
You can read about PowaTag from the Powa websie: http://www.powa.com/powatag/
It’s going to be an unforgettable night, and I can’t wait. Be sure to enter, and when you win a spot at the party, be sure to say hello!