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Welcome

A fan-run BBC Sherlock convention

19th - 20th September 2020, Thistle Hotel, London Heathrow

About HolmesCon2020

The Team

HolmesCon2020 is the brainchild of Kat and Sandra, two Sherlockians very active in the Twitter fandom. After mourning the loss of the official convention, they decided to take matters into their own hands. With help and support of some great friends, a con was born.


Our wonderful artwork, and Kickstarter rewards, have been exclusively designed by @JohnsNotHisDate - click the link to check out her Redbubble!

The Event

 HolmesCon2020 is a two day event, created with the aim to help you to meet other Sherlockians (many of whom you know on Twitter), and to allow fan-artists to showcase their work and sell some of their amazing designs.

 Though we are primarily a BBC Sherlock convention, fans of ACD canon and all adaptations are welcome. All ships are welcome too!

The Weekend

  With the help of the wonderful people in this fandom, we will be presenting a variety of panels and talks, along with a quiz, games, and even an auction! There will be opportunities for creators to work on new content together, as well as the chance for fans to meet their favourite writers and artists. 

 It's time to dig out your best cosplay! There will be a prize for the most unique idea, along with a prize for the winners of our big Sherlock quiz!!  

Schedule

A schedule of events will be uploaded to here, two months before the event.

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Our Hotel

HolmesCon2020 will be held at the Thistle Hotel, Terminal 5, Heathrow, London (see map below). The hotel has a restaurant and terrace with amazing views of the runway. They have a variety of guest rooms, and have kindly supplied us with the following discount code especially for con attendees - HEAT190920W. Enter this code in the "Group Attendee" box on their website to receive the special rate.

Please see their website for further details, or contact us with any questions.

thistle.com/heathrow-terminal-5

Guest Speakers

Diane Duane

Diane is a science fiction & fantasy author, whose work includes the Young Wizards series, and Rihannsu Star Trek novels. She has been on the New York Times bestseller list several times, and is a huge Sherlock Holmes fan!

J Baillier

JBaillier is a phenomenal fanfiction author, who specialises in medical realism. She has written upwards of 60 Sherlock fics. Her epic series "On Pins and Needles" includes the popular fics "The Breaking Wheel" and "On The Rack".

7PercentSolution

7PercentSolution is one of our most highly respected fanfiction authors. An expert in Autism Spectrum Disorder, 7Percent's knowledge creates a unique and complex Sherlock. Popular fics include "Ex Files"  and "Fallen Angel" series. They have often co-authored with JBailiier.

Elly Ross

Elly is the author of the published thesis, "The Elephant in the Room: Authorship, Queerbaiting and Sherlock". We are lucky to have them to deliver a talk on their work. 

Elly will also be discussing interpretation of Irene Adler on our ACD vs BBC panel.

CarmillaCarmine

Carmilla has written an impressive number of Sherlock fics in only a year as an author. Her punk!lock AU, Dissonance, has been hugely popular, and also has a number of ficlets running alongside it. She has often collaborated with one of our featured artists, Thinkanddoodle-Batch.

ThePersianSlipper, 88thParallel, Elldotsee, SherlockWatson-HolmesBlog

These four well known tumblr meta bloggers will be presenting a fascinating panel on some of the most credible and compelling theories. 

Kameo Douglas & CumberCurlyGirl

The fantastic authors of Nine And A Half Weeks will be appearing together on both our Co-Authoring panel and our Smut Panel!

Rakshita Patel

Rakshita (Raks) Patel will be speaking on our ACD vs BBC panel regarding the modernisation of Moriarty. Raks is passionate about the canon and is a member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, and has been published in the Sherlock Holmes Journal.

Our Full List of Panelists is Below!

We will be updating this section with more of their details over the coming months. Stay tuned!

Panels and Talks

We have a provisional list of panels and talks as listed below. These are subject to change. A confirmed list will be posted no later than two months before the event.


PANELS:


ACD vs BBC - examining some of the differences in the adaptations of the supporting characters.


CONSULTING FANDOM - the biggest moments in the BBC Sherlock Fandom.


FANFICTION: ALL HAIL AO3


THE JOYS OF CO-AUTHORING 


WHY DID THE VASE SLIDE? An introduction to Sherlock meta


COSPLAY CATWALK


FABULOUS FANART


IMPROVING ON CANON: FIX IT'S, CANON DIVERGENCE, AND WRITING A CASE FIC


SEXUALITY AND SHIPPING 


PAIN GLORIOUS PAIN: ANGST, HURT/COMFORT, AND MAJOR CHARACTER DEATH!


THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL WORLD OF AU'S


SMUT & KINKS (18+)



TALKS:


ACD 101 - An introduction to the original canon - presented by Diane Duane


WRITING FOR AN ESTABLISHED FANDOM - presented by Diane Duane


MEDICAL (MIS)ADVENTURES IN SHERLOCK FANFICTION - presented by JBaillier


AUTISTIC SHERLOCK - presented by 7percentsolution


THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM: AUTHORSHIP, QUEERBAITING, AND SHERLOCK - presented by Elly Ro

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Panelists

These are our confirmed panelists so far. What an amazing lineup we have for you!

7PercentSolution

J_Bailiier

Diane Duane

Writing Out Loud

CumberCurlyGirl

KameoDouglas

InnerSpectrum

mydogwatson

ShelleysPrometheus

88thParallel

ArtisticCMR

Elly Ross

Elldotsee

CarmillaCarmine

LaKoda0518

ThePersianSlipper

Khorazir

JohnsNotHisDate

Thinkanddoodle-batch

Rakshita Patel

SherlockWatsonHolmes-Blog

SherlockW_H

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Ticket Order Form

Contact Us

Any Questions?

Do you have questions or comments about the event? Do you need special accommodations? Send us an email: HolmesCon2020@aol.com

Or message us on twitter.com/holmescon2020

Thistle Hotel, Heathrow Terminal 5

UB7 0EQ, West Drayton, Greater London, England, United Kingdom