Arthur Conan Doyle and the Mysterious World of Light – Lecture – Matt Wingett
From early in his medical Arthur Conan Doyle was fascinated by the paranormal. In 1887 – the year his first Sherlock Holmes novel was published – he became convinced of the existence of spirits. Even as the fame of his ultra-rational creation grew, Doyle investigated poltergeists, spirit photography and much more. Then, as the deaths of the Great War mounted, he announced to a shocked world that Spiritualism was a “New Revelation”. Yet, still he continued writing Sherlock Holmes stories.
Why did the man who created Sherlock Holmes also believe in ghosts? How could this apparent contradiction exist in one man’s mind? Drawing on Conan Doyle’s original articles and letters for the Spiritualist magazine Light, Matt Wingett introduces the men and women who supported, agreed and argued with him — including the Press, the Church, scientists and writers.
This fascinating illustrated lecture by Matt Wingett traces Doyle’s Spiritualism from his early experiments in Southsea in the 1880s to his leaving the shores of the UK to dedicate his life to Spiritualist missionary work in 1920.
Matt Wingett is a local historian, novelist and publisher, and wrote episodes of the well-loved tv show, The Bill. He is author of Conan Doyle and the Mysterious World of Light, which will be on sale on the night.