I combined a career as a freelance picture researcher with writing an award-winning series of novels set in the Italian Renaissance. With the digital revolution, however, I gave up picture research and began teaching creative writing, mostly to American students studying at Oxford. Now I write full time and have turned my attention to ancient Britain. I live with my husband on the outskirts of Oxford and when I’m not mooching about archaeological pits, I’m digging on the allotment or filling in the holes our chickens make in what was once our back garden.
About my Talks...
Over the years I’ve gained experience as a speaker by giving many talks on Renaissance topics to groups/events such as Temenos Academy, Jupiter Trust, Institute for Italian Art, Portraying the Divine and Art in Action.
Talks on ancient Britain, however, tend to appeal to more local groups interested in the lumps and bumps of their own landscape.
I can illustrate the talk with a Powerpoint presentation (images only – no text or bullet points on the screen). I bring my own computer but need a projector. However, the talk can be given without illustrations. I find this subject appeals to all ages, but especially to those with an interest in local history. It lasts 45 minutes, with 15 minutes for questions, but can be more or less as required. I like to bring copies of my novels for sale at a discounted price.
FEE: £80 plus 35p per mile within the counties of Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Sussex.