Topics for Talks and Workshops

I am an experienced public speaker and regularly address groups such as the WI, U3A, Probus, book groups, writers’ circles and conferences on a variety of topics related both to my writing and my former career as a technical consultant. Some of the topics on which I speak are as follows:

A Broad Abroad

Working in Russia and the Former Soviet Union countries; Africa; and Latin America over a twenty five year period. What was it like to work in such different cultures, especially as a woman; and what did both sides learn from the experiences? How these experience impacted on my writing of the Suzanne Jones series of thrillers set in the sometimes murky world of international pharmaceuticals.

A Woman In the Snow

Working in Russia in the 1990s, immediately after the fall of the Soviet Union. What could a woman from Western Europe offer a country in the midst of economic, political and cultural flux; and what did both sides learn from the experience? How this experience led to the writing of Gorgito’s Ice Rink.

A Long Time Coming: a Writer’s Journey

After a lifetime as a scientist and thirty years in industry, making the transition to full-time writing, and creative writing at that, was no mean feat. Come with me on my journey from teenage poetry to my debut novel, published in my sixties.

Local Journalism

As co-founder and editor of the Chudleigh Phoenix Community Magazine, a monthly electronic newsletter written by, and for, the people of Chudleigh, I’ve learned a lot about local journalism in the five years since our first edition in 2009. How does it differ from national and international journalism? How has journalism changed over the years? And what will the future look like?

Snapshots of Russia

Based on nearly twenty years’ experience in travelling to Russia and the Former Soviet Union countries, I will take you on a sightseeing trip around some of the major cities and towns in Russia: Moscow, St Petersburg; Chelyabinsk, Vladivostok and more, merging the public and the private.

Music and Me

Music in one form or another has always been part of my life and is associated with so many memories. So I invite you to join me on this meander through the different types of music that have influenced me throughout my life, both as a performer and as a member of the audience.

Seven Ages of Books

Books have been a huge part of my life since I was very small and my parents read to me each night before I went to bed. Over the decades, my tastes have changed. I invite you to join me on a stroll through the books and their authors which have influenced me throughout my life.

Seven Decades of Song

From the early days of request programmes on the radio through to the twenty-first century, singers and songwriters have been so important to so many people. It’s often easier to remember the words to a song we learned as a child than it is to remember our times tables. Come with me as I wander through seven decades of popular music.

Movie Moments

Whether it’s watching the latest blockbusters at the local picture house; or watching an old favourite for the umpteenth time on television, most people watch films at some point. Join me as I examine the top movies of the past seven decades to see what memories they invoke.

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