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:
Typical fee £50+VAT and Expenses for a visit of 90 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.
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.
Standard Fee: £50+VAT and Expenses for a visit of 90 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.
In addition to the fee for the presentation I may charge travel costs depndant 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.
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.
Thank you so much for two lovely sessions Richard, the pupils really enjoyed them and we are really grateful.
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,
Below: Pictures of the Anglo-Saxon session:
Below: Time Travel talk and CReative Writing
(Left side image taken at Wylde Green School, Right hand image at Lincoln Book Fair by
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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
Sutton Coldfield Girls School*
The Rosary R.C School
Holyfield Road School
St Peter's CofE School Stonall
Castlewood Special School Coventry
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.