I’m honoured when I’m asked to speak at book clubs, or to talk about writing to non-literary clubs. I welcome the chance to engage either with my own readership or with people who are interested in the uphill road to publication. My talks are light-hearted, sprinkled with anecdotes, and hopefully informative. Audience interaction tends to be high!
Talks can be adapted to individual needs, but normally follow the format of:
- My own path to publication, from imperfect words to polished manuscript, and from manuscript to agent to book deal,
- A perspective of the publishing industry in the age of Amazon and widespread ‘indie’ publication,
- Some thoughts on ‘genre’ and the industry marketing machine,
- The craft of writing, from initial ideas to final editing,
- “I never knew you were like that!” Some amusing reactions to a published author.
I can bring visual aids and a projector if required.
If you would like to discuss a book club or other speaking engagement, please email me via the ‘contact’ page. I’ll respond as swiftly as possible.
My existing speaking engagements with a writing theme are as follows. Where these are for a ‘closed’ group such as a book club, the specific dates are excluded in the interest of home security. Full details, where possible, are given for literary festivals and other, public engagements.
2016 Engagements at:
Seer Green, Prestwood, Soulbury, CHALFONT ST GILES LITERARY FESTIVAL, Speen, Princes Risborough, Great Brickhill, Cheddington, Bourne End, Little Marlow, Hazlemere, George Green.
28th April: Beaconsfield Library, 2.30pm
Phyllis Court, Henley