Nick Cook

Location: Ruislip, Greater London
About me...

After working as a research scientist for more than twenty years I was press-ganged into health and safety.  To my surprise I enjoyed this even more than the research (maybe something to do with the pleasure we all find in studying work rather than actually doing it).

Now retired from Kodak I spend my time lecturing (recently rated “outstanding” by my college), speaking and writing.  Topics include creative writing, memoir writing, Greek mythology, the social history of health and safety and storytelling for adults.  I have given talks to coffee morning, Church, Archaeology and U3A groups.

I also work as a part-time consultant for the same callous company that originally press- ganged me into health and safety all those years ago.  I should mention that I am a lifelong Liverpool fan, an activity that explains periodic episodes of deep despondency.


About my Talks...

My talks all use Power point but can also be delivered “stand alone” if your venue is not suitable for use of screen and projector. The slides are richly illustrated and for clarity I keep the number of words on each to a minimum.  I have a lap-top, projector and screen but am happy to use any equipment that may be available at your venue.

For safety, all my equipment is PAT compliant.

Talks typically are an hour each but this can be tailored to your requirements.  I am always happy to take questions and provide handouts covering the topic and further information.

I can speak evenings and daytime.



My fee is £50 per talk.

Travelling expenses:  no charge for any distance up to 30 miles from Ruislip or talks given in Devon.   For other venues I charge reasonable travelling expenses based on petrol costs.

My Contact Details:

01895 674 435 M:0744 304 4529

Ban Conkers! That’s Bonkers?

Public Speaker Nick Cook talks about aspects of Health and Safety in his light hearted talk Bank Conkers? That's Bonkers!

Nanny state gone mad or enlightened care? Decide for yourself as you fasten your seat belt and take a roller coaster ride through the past, present and precarious future of Health and Safety.

We will consider the health hazards from those faced by stone-age flint axe makers to modern dangers such as the perils of simply sitting and the hidden hazards you inhale while flying in today’s modern airliners.

While your final views of this controversial subject are entirely your own,  this talk will hopefully help to inform those opinions.

Cruising With Jason

Public Speaker Nick Cook talks about a voyage of adventure with Jason in his search for the Golden Fleece.

Step aboard!  Join Jason and the Argonauts on the first and greatest sea cruise in history.  Maybe onboard activities are somewhat limited but wait ‘til you see the shore excursions!

You will harass Harpies, slay Spartoi, raise your shields against the razor sharp feathers of the Stymphalian Birds and generally live the heroic life.

Nor is health and safety an issue.   There isn’t any.  But on the bright side this cruise has two powerful Greek goddesses looking out for you.

Love, hate, jealousy, rage and joy will fuel your voyage across the wine dark seas.

Berths are filling fast so book now.  Don’t miss the quest for the Golden Fleece!


So You Hate Science Fiction......

Public Speaker Nick Cooker talks about Science Fiction.

…. then this could be just the talk for you.   Not so much a talk about science fiction as the fears and hopes and dreams of times gone by.

For example, in 1870 England was afraid of a newly independent and resurgent Germany.  A short story, “The Battle of Dorking”, tapped into these fears by depicting a successful German invasion of the home counties.  It did this so effectively that it triggered a Parliamentary debate.

In 1928 “The Revolt of the Pedestrians” highlighted concerns about overdependence on all these new-fangled horseless carriages.  It predicted that our legs would wither away leaving us all crawling like helpless babies on the sidewalks.

And of course, big business has been feared as much as big invasions and big technology.  “The Space Merchants” depicts a world where all powerful advertising companies beam their messages directly onto your eyeballs. In the more recent” Jennifer Government” the Nike corporation stimulates demand for its latest trainers by shooting buyers as they emerge from the shop.

No promises.  At the end of this talk you may still hate science fiction.  But I hope you will appreciate its power as a lens for looking at the past, present, and, yes, even the future.


Nick Cook Contact Details:

01895 674 435 M:0744 304 4529