Our Stellar Cast!

Program schedule is subject to change. All guest appearances are subject to last-minute cancellation due to work commitments. This is unavoidable when booking guests who are entertainment industry professionals. Cancellations, if any, will be immediately reported to all registrants.

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Jeffery Hatcher portraitJeffery Hatcher
Jeffrey Hatcher is an American playwright and screenwriter whose work spans the stage, motion pictures, and television, including the screenplay for the critically acclaimed 2015 motion picture Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen in the title role.

Leslie S. Klinger portraitLeslie S. Klinger
Leslie S. Klinger is considered to be one of the world's foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes. Klinger was the technical advisor for Warner Bros. on the film Sherlock Holmes (2009), and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011).

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Ashley D. Polasek portraitAshley D. Polasek
Ashley D. Polasek, PhD, FRSA is a member of the Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes, the Baker Street Babes, the Diogenes Club of Washington, D.C., The Sons of the Copper Beeches, The Curious Collectors of Baker Street, The Beacon Society, and The Sherlock Holmes Society of London. Ashley holds a doctorate in the study of Sherlock Holmes on screen, and in addition to publishing many academic articles and book chapters on the subject, she has presented scholarly papers about Sherlock Holmes adaptations across the US and UK, as well as in Sweden, Turkey, and The Netherlands; thus, it may be fairly stated that she has an experience of delivering talks on Holmes which extends over many nations and three separate continents. Ashley is the co-editor, with Lyndsay Faye, of Sherlock Holmes: Behind the Canonical Screen, and the editor of A Plum Assignment: Discourses on P.G. Wodehouse and His World. You can find Ashley on Twitter @SherlockPhD.

David Stuart Davies portraitDavid Stuart Davies
David Stuart Davies is a member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, an invested Baker Street Irregular and a member of the Detection Club. For ten years he was Co-President of the Northern Musgraves Sherlock Holmes Society, along with his wife Kathryn White. David is the author of eight Sherlock Holmes novels and two books on the films of the Great Detective, Holmes of the Movies and Starring Sherlock Holmes, as well as Bending the Willow, which examines Jeremy Brett's career as Holmes in the Granada TV series. He is a member of the national committee of the Crime Writer's Association and edits their monthly magazine, Red Herrings. He has edited collections of mystery & supernatural fiction and is the author of a dozen crime novels, their settings ranging from the Victorian era to World War II via 1980s Yorkshire and 1930s New York. His latest novel is Oliver Twist & the Mystery of Throate Manor. David is the only speaker to have appeared at all five From Gillette to Brett conferences!

Terence Faherty portraitTerence Faherty
Terence Faherty is an American author of mystery novels. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, he studied at Boston College and Rider College (now Rider University) before moving to Indianapolis. Nominated for an Edgar Award for best first novel, Deadstick introduced Owen Keane, an ex-seminarian who uses his metaphysical background to solve mysteries. Faherty has written seven other novels starring Keane, including Live to Regret (1992) and Eastward in Eden (2013). In 1996 he began writing about the old-fashioned private detective Scott Elliott, a hard-boiled gumshoe whose adventures, chronicled in books like Come Back Dead (1997) and Raise the Devil (2000), are infused with the flavor of old Hollywood. Terence Faherty is also an expert and lectures on the life films of Basil Rathbone.

Lynnette Porter portraitLynnette Porter
Dr. Lynnette Porter is a professor in the Humanities and Communication Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Within her courses, students have studied episodes of Elementary and Sherlock and the films Sherlock Holmes (2009), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), and Mr. Holmes (2015), in addition to ACD canon texts. Among her 19 books are Sherlock Holmes for the 21st Century (McFarland, 2012), Who Is Sherlock? (McFarland, 2016), and Sherlock and Digital Fandom (McFarland, 2018). She has written three performance biographies about actor Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) for MX Publishing and several articles and reviews for PopMatters regarding Sherlock Holmes films, books, and television series. She is a fan of many recent adaptations starring the Great Detective.

Nicholas Utechin portraitNicholas Utechin
Nicholas Utechin was frightened by The Hound of the Baskervilles at age eight, but hooked on Holmes by the time he was twelve. He joined The Sherlock Holmes Society of London in 1966, was invested in The Baker Street Irregulars in 1975 and began a 30-year editorship of The Sherlock Holmes Journal the following year. On standing down as editor in 2006, he was made an Honorary Member of the Society; he also rejoices in being a Master Copper-Beech-Smith of The Sons of the Copper Beeches. It is a sobering thought (to him) that he has been plowing, and contributing to, the fields of Sherlockian scholarship for over half a century. Nick's middle name is Rathbone and he is a distant cousin of Basil. Nick Utechin worked in radio broadcasting, as a producer and presenter, primarily for the B. B. C., specializing in live news and current affairs programs. Now retired, he lives in Oxford in Great Britain with his wife Annie and enjoys being surprised by the careers of their two sons and the antics of their two grandchildren. When he can afford them, he enjoys the fine wines of the Rhone Valley and is enthused by the American Civil War and the films of Miss Lillian Gish.