I originally began giving slide-illustrated presentations to raise the cost of my participation as a member of staff on a scientific youth expedition. They proved so popular that, since then, my ongoing adventurous travels, where related to charitable bodies, have been funded almost entirely by donations made by my audiences – otherwise I would have been unable to afford to take part. In this way I have been able to give my time, skills and energy to a number of scientific projects over the years, and have participated in some uniquely interesting trips.
My experience as a photographer and speaker has been sustained now for over 25 years. Realising the power in this type of medium, I like to use my contact with audiences to inspire others to push the edges of their own personal comfort-zones and to enthusiastically seek out new interest, knowledge and skills. I believe that being unstoppably curious about the world around you is the best way to learn – to want to see, to feel, to know…. what’s down here? through there?… why? how? – and I love to pass on this “bug”, whatever the age or previous experience of my audience. Science, geography and history too, as I now know, are not just subjects to be learned from dusty old books, but rather are still out there, waiting to be discovered, and made, through a true sense of adventure.
About my talks...
I present my topics supported by projected images, music and a display of books, maps, artefacts, etc. I will gladly take advantage of facilities available at the venue, or I can provide all the equipment necessary.
I charge £1.50 per person, in order to be accessible even to small groups, with any sum beyond £50 at the host’s discretion (plus your usual travel rate if outside Swindon). I am happy to travel within Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, and further afield if suitable arrangements can be agreed.
*I am particularly keen to provide any of my equestrian-themed presentations ‘expenses only’, where it is part of a fund-raising event for my chosen charity, the Riding for the Disabled Association.