About Dianne Mannering, creator of this website...
I was an Insurance Broker – in fact, my business is still operating though I retired many years ago because I wanted to write a book and I realised that if I didn’t get on with it, it just wouldn’t happen. My first history book The Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries was published in 1999 ready for the Millennium and my second one A Crown for Staffordshire in 2005 and my original talks were based round the royal and noble characters in these two books. My talk Born To Rule was supposed to be based on a new book – but the book never happened though the talk has been very successful!
About my talks...
My talks are all Power Point presentations and I use approx 100 illustrations in each talk, often using my own cartoon sketches when I can’t find suitable graphics. I supply my own laptop and projector though I am happy to use in-house equipment when it is available. All of my equipment is PAT compliant.
I am used to giving talks at all types of venues and for all types of events including after-dinner engagements, charity evenings, WI Group events, National Trust, schools and colleges, U3A, Rotary, PROBUS, TWG, Lunch Clubs and History Groups etc. Usually my talks last between 50 and 60 minutes and I also have a longer version for organisations who like a break during the presentation.
My Fee is £120 plus modest travelling expenses when more than 10 miles from my home in Alton, Hampshire. However, if your venue is around Teddington in Middlesex or Falmouth in Cornwall, I can use the excuse of ‘getting a grandchild fix’ to make the journey….. in which case you don’t pay anything towards my travel.
I moved to Alton in Hampshire in February 2017 and I am very keen to get established in the area, so if you are interested in my talks, but don’t like my fees – then give me a ring and lets talk about it.