Speaker Bios

Keynote Speaker: Nicholas Meyer

Nicholas Meyer's body of creative work in publishing, film and television spans more than five decades. He’s the author of eight novels, including New York Times bestseller and multi-award-winner The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1975), in which Sherlock Holmes meets Sigmund Freud.

His other books include Target Practice, (nominated for an Edgar Award), and three other Holmes pastiches, The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols (2019), The West End Horror (a New York Times bestseller) and The Canary Trainer; as well as Confessions of a Homing Pigeon. Meyer’s memoir, The View from the Bridge: Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood, was published in 2009.

Meyer received an Academy Award nomination for his screenplay of The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, which starred Nicol Williamson, Robert Duvall, Alan Arkin, Vanessa Redgrave and Laurence Olivier. He made his directing debut in 1979 with a film he wrote, Time After Time, starring Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen and David Warner. He went on to direct Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. His other directing credits include Volunteers (Tom Hanks, 1986), The Deceivers (Pierce Brosnan, 1988), Company Business, (Gene Hackman, 1991), Star Trek VI, The Undiscovered Country (Christopher Plummer, 1992) and the HBO film, Vendetta (Christopher Walken, 1999). His screenplays include Sommersby (Richard Gere and Jody Foster, 1993) and contributions to Fatal Attraction (1987) and Dreamworks’ Prince of Egypt (1998).

In 1983 Meyer directed ABC’s The Day After, which remains the single most-watched television film ever made (100 million people in one night) and was nominated for fourteen Emmys.

His additional work includes the screenplay for a two-part miniseries, Houdini (Adrien Brody, 2014). He is the co-creator of the Netflix series Medici—Masters of Florence, starring Dustin Hoffman, and worked on STAR TREK: Discovery for CBS Access.

Nicholas Meyer's most recent Sherlock Holmes novel, The Return of the Pharaoh from the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D. was published by Minotaur Books in November 2021.

Douglas Kerr: the Cameron Hollyer Memorial Lecture

Douglas Kerr is the general editor of the Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Arthur Conan Doyle and has edited its first volume, Memories and Adventures. He is the author of Conan Doyle: Writing, Profession and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2015) and of books about Wilfred Owen, George Orwell, and British literature about the East.

His most recent publication is Orwell and Empire (Oxford University Press, 2022).

A Scot by birth, he was educated at Cambridge and Warwick universities, and spent 37 years in Hong Kong, where he became Professor of English and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Hong Kong, retiring from salaried work in 2017. His wife Elaine Ho is also a retired literature professor. They now live in Kew, West London, not far from the Botanical Gardens.

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