Anne Samson

Location: Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
About me...

I am a professional historian, co-ordinator of the Great War in Africa Association, and publisher. I am an African specialist of World War 1 for over twenty years and am widely published on the topic. Before starting a publishing company, which works in partnership with authors, I was in Further Education and teacher training for 15 years. I have worked as education advisor to an charity which was based in Tanzania for 9 years and since in Rwanda. I hold a doctorate in history and am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Association. African by birth, my talks can challenge current thinking.

About my Talks...

Talks are tailored to audience interest and time available (20mins to an hour, with questions) and can either be stand alone or supplemented with Powerpoint graphics. I supply my own projector and laptop for Powerpoint presentations. All talks are interactive.

Fee:

Fee: £30 + travel (standard tube/train fare or 0.40p per mile)

My Contact Details:
Phone:

01923 778 105 (with answerphone)

Lord Kitchener

Public Speaker in Hertfordshire Anne Samson presents her talk "Lord Kitchener".

This talk goes behind the military man whom everyone thinks they know. It considers his personality, interests and relationships. A collector, gardener, linguist, friend of royalty, prime ministers and many women, he was a man before his time and although born British, was not British.

Jan Smuts vs Nelson Mandela

Public Speaker from Hertfordshire Anne Samson presents her talk 'Smuts vs Mandela'

A look at two of South Africa’s leading statesmen. From completely different backgrounds, one white, one black, both tried to unite the peoples of their country, but who were they? Were they successful? And how do both come to have a statue on Britain’s Parliament Square? They had more in common than many realise: gardening, history, religious outlook, ruthlessness…

A church as a VAD hospital in Middlesex

Public Speaker from Hertforshire Anne Samson presents her talk A church as a VAD hospital in Middlesex

During World War 1, St John’s Presbyterian Church in Northwood became a Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital for the duration of the war. As far as is known, it was the only church in England to do so, the others being in Scotland. The talk considers how the community caused a church to be used as a hospital, how it adapted to meet the needs of the army, its legacy and some of the people involved.

Self-publish or Traditional publishing

Public Speaker from Hertfordshire Anne Samson presents her talk 'Self-publish or Traditional publishing'

Self-publish or Traditional publishing? Can’t make up your mind? This very interactive session will answer your burning questions on publishing today, the challenges and pitfalls, what to consider and options available so you can make the best decision for your precious manuscript.Can’t make up your mind? This very interactive session will answer your burning questions on publishing today, the challenges and pitfalls, what to consider and options available so you can make the best decision for your precious manuscript.

Other talks that I can offer

I can talk on a variety of World War 1 in Africa topics tailored to the audience’s requirements. These can range from broad military overviews, researching family members, the role of specific groups such as air, transport, logistics, medicine, food, women, literature (and film), remembrance, legacy and comparisons with the Western Front.

Anne Samson Contact Details:
Phone:

01923 778 105 (with answerphone)