About Anthony Poulton-Smith Public Speaker & Writer...
I am a freelance journalist and author, having had 65 books and many articles, innumerable crosswords and puzzles published, whilst also compiling and marketing quizzes. These books have mostly been on the subject of the origins of place-names and as part of the publicity Anthony has been interviewed several times on the radio and has been privileged to be the guest speaker at several events. The talks not only cover the origins of towns and villages but also hills, streams, districts, fields, streets, and even public houses. Anthony also speaks on subjects covered by his books including ancient trackways; the paranormal; and privies. Other talks include the etymology of unusual words, surnames, pub names. I am based in Tamworth Staffordshire and am currently chairman of Tamworth Literary Festival.
I am happy to travel throughout the UK.
About his talks...
My talks last for approximately an hour, although as the subjects are almost inexhaustible this could be extended to for as long as you’re willing to pay! Following an initial 20 minutes or so when I cover how I got interested in the subject and what it takes to research, and thus produce the book, I open it up to a question and answer session. I work much better ‘off the cuff’ and it also means the audience get the answers to the questions which intrigue them and not just me. It also means the speaker has little more knowledge as to what is coming than the audience does, leaving plenty of opportunity for me to reveal my rather quirky sense of humour.
For a one hour talk, my fee is £45 including travel expenses within the Staffordshire area. I am based in Tamworth Staffordshire and I am happy to travel anywhere within the UK subject to travel expenses