The Literary Agents

The Literary Agents Return, 16th January 2022

Registration is now open for the second annual meeting of The Literary Agents which will take place online at 10:00-11:00 EST on Sunday 16th January 2022. Click here to register.

“The explorers were nonplussed when Summerlee couldn’t switch off the cat filter…”

The Literary Agents is a scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars (BSI) dedicated to studying Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works — not exclusively (but also not excluding) those he may have promoted for, or under the name of, Dr John H. Watson...

The meeting is hosted by Ashley D. Polasek BSI (Author of Being Sherlock and Editor of The Conan Doyle Review) and Mark Jones (Co-host of the Doings of Doyle podcast).

This time, we’re delighted to be discussing ‘Conan Doyle’s India’ with Jayantika Ganguly BSI (General Secretary and Editor for the Sherlock Holmes Society of India), Sumal Surendranath (Founder of the Sherlock Holmes Society of India) and Paul M. Chapman (Writer and Co-host of Doings of Doyle). We’ll look at the villainous activities behind ‘The Crooked Man’ and ‘The Brown Hand,’ and the ideas that link ‘Uncle Jeremy’s Household,’ The Mystery of Cloomber and The Sign of Four.

And we'll be joined by Xander Sobecki, who will share a "firsthand account" from a medieval archer within an immersive re-enactment of the14th-century military unit that inspired The White Company. He'll explore the long-forgotten nuances of how knights and archers lived and fought, peeling back the myths to reveal the amazing truths of the era, contrasting the true history of the English soldiers and longbow men-turned-nomadic-mercenaries against Conan Doyle’s heroic saga, and all while wearing thirty pounds of armor!

Registration is free and places are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment!

Recording of the Inaugural Meeting, 10th January 2021

The first annual meeting of The Literary Agents took place online at 11:00-12:00 noon EST on Sunday 10th January 2021 where the theme was ‘Conan Doyle in 2021 and beyond.’

The meeting was hosted by Ashley D. Polasek BSI (Author of Being Sherlock and Editor of The Conan Doyle Review) and Mark Jones (Co-host of the Doings of Doyle podcast). 

Ashley and Mark were delighted to be joined by Talia Bordallo (Artist and Animator), Clifford Goldfarb BSI (Chair of the Friends of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection at the Toronto Public Library), Douglas Kerr (Series Editor of the forthcoming Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Arthur Conan Doyle) and Les Klinger BSI (Consulting Sherlockian and annotations supremo).

Watch the recording on Facebook.
Download the chat.

In advance, we asked everyone who registered how much Conan Doyle had they read? If you're interested in the results, here they are:

Becoming a member of The Literary Agents

Anyone can become a member of the Literary Agents. We only ask that you do three things:

(1) Sign up for the annual meeting of The Literary Agents; 
(2) Attend the meeting; 
(3) Be nice to everyone when participating (and preferably at all other times!). 

There are no other hoops, and no dues.

The Literary Agents lapel pin

What's a scion society without a pin? The Literary Agents pin features the name of the society, in Arthur Conan Doyle's handwriting, emblazoned on the barrel of his Parker Duofold fountain pen. The pin is 2.5 inches long.

Order yours by sending $15 USD via Paypal to Don't forget to include your name and full mailing address!

Proceeds help support the hosting costs of Doings of Doyle and The Conan Doyle Review