I do the following talks to groups such as U3A, WI and community groups.
Please contact me to discuss your requirements.
Working with Glass
I love to talk about my work and how I got into making glass. I bring along lots of samples of glasswork to pass around the audience and if the facilities allow, I also do a computer slideshow.
The talk is lighthearted, humorous and informative and often prompts many questions from the audience, who become interested in how glass is made.
I can do a talk of any length to fit in with your group's needs. I've spoken to U3A groups, schools, WIs, friendship groups, community art groups, Scouts, Guides, Beavers, and Brownies -- groups of any age.
I am always armed with my camera and looking out for an unusual or interesting shot. I don't really follow any photographic rules and am not very knowledgeable about how cameras work. I take images that I think will make an interesting picture rather than being technically perfect. This talk is about what I look for and how I achieve my creative images as well as background to where and why I took the photograph.
This talk is illustrated by slideshow images from a computer and is light hearted and informative.
Travelling Solo on a Shoestring
On recommendation I was recently invited by Smith & Nephew (Hull) to give this talk as an inspirational speaker for International Women's Day.
I love going off on my own to destinations around the world. I have found that being alone whilst travelling is such an interesting way to travel.
Many people find the prospect of doing such a thing daunting, but to me it is very exciting, interesting and freeing and certainly things happen that would not happen if I were with someone else. This talk is about how I have come to love this solo travelling, how I do it on a shoestring and why I am rarely lonely.
This talk includes some of the adventures I have had in different parts of the world, from Fiji to outback Australia, from Hawaii to being a guest of the Sami people of Swedish Lapland, from travelling by cattle truck train in Indian to the bullet train around Japan and much more!
I am currently a Trustee for 5W (Women Welcome Women Worldwide) an organisation which encourages friendship and travel between women around the world. This is a great organisation for women travelling alone.
This is a humorous and interesting talk with a mixture of music, slideshow, readings and with some items to pass around.
Sheffield U3A - 'That was fascinating. One of the most interesting talks we have had.'
Bottesford Friendship Group - 'We've had a lot of speakers, but I have to say that this was one of the most fascinating talks we have had.'