I am building up a programme of illustrated talks, providing a fun introduction to many cultural and historical topics. Stuff that I’m passionate about and am happy to share with libraries, schools, businesses etc. My fees are competitive and depend on the size of venue and distance I have to travel. Please message me directly for details. I am currently only able to provide talks within the Greater London area at present. Talks last 50-60 minutes.
LAUREL & HARDY: FROM SOUP TO NUTS
Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy’s first film as a double act was made in 1926. 107 movies later they’d become the world’s best-loved comedy team, captivating millions with their hilarious antics and influencing generations of performers. This entertaining talk explores the secrets behind their movies, introduces some of their co-stars and looks at their legacy as comedians and film-makers.
“A real treat” Brent Culture
ANCIENT LIBRARIES UNCOVERED
Ever since language was first written down libraries have existed to store records and stories and provided a space for people to research and study. In this illustrated talk we travel the ancient world – from Mesopotamia to Alexandria and beyond – exploring some of the most famous libraries in history, the people who created them and the fate of their priceless collections of knowledge.
“Brilliant” Kingston Libraries “A fascinating journey” Barnet Libraries
A CASE OF IDENTITY: THE HISTORY OF HOLMES ON SCREEN
Sherlock Holmes is arguably the most portrayed fictional character on cinema, TV and radio. From the very earliest days of film, directors have sought to find innovative, entertaining and often controversial ways to depict the great detective. Join me on this extraordinary case that covers the whole history of moving pictures.
“A great summary of Sherlock’s long career on film” Brent Culture
JOHN DEE: SCIENTIST OR SORCERER?
Elizabeth I’s astrologer remains an enigma. A truly gifted mathematician, scholar and cartographer he was driven by a passion for discovery that led him down some very dark and bizarre paths. Dee’s eventful life sheds a very surprising light on the reigns of the Tudors.
“Fascinating and very entertaining” Barnet Libraries