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Registration is now open for the second annual BSI Trust Lecture. This free Zoom webinar is open to everyone but does require advance registration.

Many Sherlockian society meetings include a reading of Vincent Starrett's famous poem "221B." That sonnet ends with the phrase "it is always 1895." Starrett expert Ray Betzner provides the fascinating story of a poem written during the destruction and uncertainty of the Second World War.

The BSI Trust Lecture

Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 2pm Eastern Daylight Time (New York)

  • Online using Zoom
  • Open to all Sherlockians & the public
  • Free – no registration fee
  • Advance registration required
  • Registration closes when event reaches capacity

Typescript of Vincent Starrett poem 221B
"221B" as it came out of Starrett's typewriter

Ray Betzner

After a career as a daily newspaper reporter and a higher education communications professional, Ray Betzner has retired to Williamsburg, Va., where he spends his time spoiling his granddaughter, playing with his little library and entertaining visiting Sherlock Holmes and Vincent Starrett fanatics. He has written widely about Starrett and edited the 75th anniversary edition of Starrett's groundbreaking book, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. A member of the Baker Street Irregulars since 1987, Ray also curates the Studies in Starrett blog.

Ray Betzner

His talk will be on "'221B': The Story of a Sherlockian Sonnet."

We plan to have only the scheduled speakers visible and talking, so you do not need a camera or microphone to watch the Lecture.

Please note the event time reflects the USA's Daylight Saving Time.  We estimate the event will last approximately 1 hour.

For more information, see our Tips for Using Zoom to Attend BSI Events (PDF).

While the Lecture is free, advance registration is required and space is limited.  To sign up, click the link below to our online Zoom registration page:

Register for the 2022 BSI Trust Lecture (webinar is over)

Watch BSI Trust Lecture Recordings Online