appearances

I visit Historical Associations, Schools, Libraries, Clubs and Societies.

 

Topics covered include the Anglo-Saxon Era, The Great Fire of London, Time Travel and Creative Writing. For more information please email me: r.denning@btinternet.com

 

Typical fee £50+VAT and Expenses for a visit circa 60 minutes to 2 hours

 

Topics covered include:

 

Life in AD 600? What was life like for the incoming Anglo-Saxons who created England? What did they wear, eat, and grow? How did they fight and what did they believe in?

 

The Great Fire of London 1666 By Permission of Heaven! A talk about The Great Fire of London - its causes, extent and the fallout from it.

 

Time travel sounds like fun until you try it! The fascination of time travel and why it could be more dangerous than you think! A rattle through Time Travel in book and movie, the science of Time Travel and its dangers.


What to think about when writing a Time Travel Story A creative writing workshop. We look at Time Travel - its problems and its challenges from the point of view of writing a novel.

 

Introduction to writing Historical Fiction Making the past believable. Looking at writing historical novels. Inspiration for ideas, researching the subject, plots and people, making it vibrant and alive. Where to go next.

 

Battles that changed the world. Can you alter the outcome? Using toy soldiers, maps, board games and tactical games we explore key battles of World history. These can include the Battle of Britain, D-Day, Operation Market Garden, the Battle of Waterloo, the Battle of Hastings, the Battle of Trafalgar and others. Ideal for secondary school history groups.

 

I can adapt any of these presentations to suit a variety of ages and groups. For example when talking to primary school groups I make use of a larger variety of props and costumes and look to involve the children in a range of interactive activities.

Charges

 

Typical fee £50+VAT and Expenses for a visit circa 60 minutes to 2 hours

 

I am happy to attend for a longer period, e.g a full day. Please enquire for further details and costs.

 

Travel costs

In addition to the fee for the presentation I may charge travel costs dependent on distance.

Assuming I am available, I am willing to attend venues in the West Midlands and immediate area for no travel charge other than a cup of tea! For visits at a further distance than approximately 25 miles I would probably expect to receive reasonable expenses for mileage (Calculated at 25p per mile from Sutton Coldfield).

 

Selling Books at Schools and societies.


I would bring copies of my books along for sale to the children, staff members or indeed to the school library. I normally provide flyers in advance of my visit detailing the titles available and the prices. Bulk discounts are available.

 

References and comments:

 

Here are some comments about my visits

 

Thanks again for the coffee morning talk (on Life in AD 600), it was enjoyed for all. We had a lot of very positive comments from our group.

Val Cotterill Frankley Library

 

Thanks for doing the talk. I think it was a great success. I am confident in saying that everyone got a lot out of it. I am willing to provide a reference or whatever so pass on my email details to anyone concerned.

Ned Williams Gornal Active Retirement group

 

Just wanted to say thank you once again for a great afternoon.  Never have I seen Literature, Creative Writing, Science, History, Physics and Drama in one lesson!

Many many thanks Gail Baker-Jones Library Officer, Coleshill School.

 

Many thanks for the session last night at Cubs.  They certainly had fun dressing up and handling the weapons! Wylde Green Cubs

 

Thank you for your day, the students had a great time. It is a pleasure to recommend you.
~Alison Wood Windsor High School and Sixth Form Halesowen

 

Thank you so much for two lovely sessions Richard, the pupils really enjoyed them and  we are really grateful.
Penny Keskinkillinc at St Peters RC School Solihull

 

Many thanks for your very informative and fun talk and presentation, the students are talking about it today. Your hard work and effort was very much appreciated by us all. Everyone has advised me that it was good and they all enjoyed themselves.

John Henry Newman Catholic College, Chelmsey Wood

 

"A great author with an enthusiastic personality came into our school,
he got us fascinated about science-fiction. Looking at several books about
the topic made us enjoy it too. We are definately going to buy one of his
exciting books! He even had us joining in and we had a lot of fun learning.
"

~ Pupil at Wylde Green School

 

 

Below: Pictures of the Anglo-Saxon session:

 

Below: Time Travel talk and CReative Writing

Readings
Creative Writing Workshop Use of Props and interactive items

 

Children can try on costumes I will talk about History and I will talk about Time Travel

 

Richard Denning school visit

(Left side image taken at Wylde Green School, Right hand image at Lincoln Book Fair by
Ros Jackson of http://www.warpcoresf.co.uk )

 

Visit the Gallery (or click on left side image above) for images
from my visit to Wylde Green School.

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visits

 

Some of the groups I have visited

Balsall Heath Society

The Black Country Society

Sedgley Community Centre

Quinton Local History Group

Frankley Library Group

Gornal Active Retirement Group

Andromeda One Sci Fi convention

Birmingham Science Fiction Group

Macclesfield Writers Group

Wylde Green Cub Pack

Stourbridge Historical Society

 

Some of the schools I have visited

Barnfields School Stafford

Sutton Coldfield Girls School*

The Rosary R.C School

Holyfield Road School

St Peter's CofE School Stonall

Castlewood Special School Coventry

Ashlawn School*

Coleshill School*

Alcester Accademy*

Smith's Wood Sport College*

The Friary Lichfield*

Lozells Primary School

St Joseph's Catholic Primary Lichfield

St Joseph's Catholic Primary, Sutton Coldfield.

John Henry Newman Technical College, Chelmsey Wood*

Chillwell Croft Primary School

Kings Norton High School*

Ilam C of E School Ilam

Valley School Oakamoor

Faber RC School, Cotton

Waverley School Small Heath*

St Peter's RC Solihull*

Windsor High Halesowen*

Blackwood School Streetly

Wylde Green Primary School

 

Secondary Schools are indicated by a * and primary schools left unmarked.