Conan Doyle back on fantasy writing agenda

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By Oliver Farrimond

LITERARY legend Arthur Conan Doyle is set to top the artistic agenda later this month.

One of the author’s finest works – The Lost World – is to be the focus of a discussion between leading fantasy and science-fiction writers.

Adam Roberts and China Mèiville will appear at Napier University in Edinburgh to weigh up the legacy of the Victorian author.

Napier University professor Dr Linda Dryden said: “”China has a massive following – the pair will no doubt be a huge draw for fans of fantasy and science fiction.

“The event will give people the opportunity to hear contemporary creative writers of fantasy-fiction talking about one of Edinburgh’s most famous authors, and how he helped to transform the genre.”

The Lost World, published in 1912, tells of the discovery of a prehistoric world in South America where dinosaurs and apes have been left untouched by human civilisation.

The discussion is just one of a number of events to pay homage to Charles Darwin, and his contribution to the theory of evolution, on the bicentenary of his birth.

Dr Dryden added: “I am hopeful that, as well as offering an un-missable opportunity for fans, we will also be helping to bring literature to a new audience.”

The ‘Fictional Worlds’ Conan Doyle discussion will be chaired by Scotland on Sunday’s literary editor Stuart Kelly, and takes place on February 28 at St Augustine’s Church.