My name is Sherlock. Not kidding, it's my real name. Actually it's my family name. I come from the Sherlock family. And when I was a boy, I was told by everyone I met at school, that my name was shared by a famous character from the 1800s, Sherlock Holmes.

 

Now, when I was growing up I discovered Dr.Who and started reading the related books. This passion for reading and stories led me to University and I became a writer. One day I finally realised, Dr.Who is really Sherlock Holmes pastiched with aliens, monsters, ghouls and time travel.

 

Well, I recently learnt that Holmes was out of copyright. I've been teaching for many years and I know it's hard to get kids to read. I remembered those Dr.Who books that got me hooked and led to my literature studies at University. And so I decided to write a series of brief novels about Sherlock Holmes becoming a time-space traveller like Dr.Who.

 

Just last week, I was asked by someone from a local school if my books might be good to help get young readers into reading. I was thrilled to be asked. If I can, I may be visiting the school to talk to the students about reading and writing and my books.

 

I believe Sherlock Holmes is the ultimate Victorian hero figure and taking him into other realms is a very steam-punk idea. So it is a thrill to think my books might just get youngster to take an interest in this genre.

 

Fingers crossed!

 

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Comment by Darke Conteur on May 11, 2013 at 6:20am

As excited as I am for you, do be careful. It isn't that the copyright has expired, because it hasn't in the states. Not until 2023 according to the NYT. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/19/books/19sherlock.html?pagewanted=...

If you read the article, the whole thing is a mess. It's public domain in some countries and not in others.

I think Steampunk would be a wonderful way to get young boys to read. It has all the elements that middle-grade boys love. Especially if they (the characters) get into trouble. :)   

 

Comment by Adrian Sherlock on May 11, 2013 at 8:20am

Thanks for the link, it's a very interesting article. I'm based in Australia, but if the books take off in the US, I suppose there could be some complications. I hope not, but I guess I can cross the bridges if and when I come to them. I'd certainly be happy to reach an agreement with the Doyle estate if it came to that. Yes, it's food for thought. Thanks again.

Comment by Darke Conteur on May 13, 2013 at 5:34am

I think we're going to see a lot more of these copyright fights from heirs in the future. I wish you luck with your book! :)  

Comment by Adrian Sherlock on May 13, 2013 at 8:48am

Thank you! You certainly gave me food for thought and much discussion. I have my fingers crossed, now! :)

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