The Yorkshire Speakers Directory



23 Search Results for latest speaker entries, since 20-04-2018 (Most recent first)
Subject Areas:Charities, Philanthropic Appeals
Name & Location:Mr Alan  DREWITT Pontefract
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Purple Community Fund
Supporting families left to scavenge on dump sites to exist
Providing livelihood alternatives.

Talk, video & exhibition presentation
Availability & Fee:By ArrangementCharity Donation
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: S, TClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Alternative Medicine
Name & Location:Ms Catherine  KING York
Contect & Website:
w: www.icarosherbals.co.uk
Subjects:My name is Catherine King. I am a Medical Herbalist, holding a BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine. I own Icaros Herbals, a Herbal Medicine practice and deliver public talks and workshops on the subject of plant based medicine. An important role of a Medical Herbalist is to bring the wisdom and knowledge of herbalism back to its roots; the community. This knowledge, which was often held by woman and passed down through generations, has largely been lost, yet it is central to our folk history. Each culture and society have its own unique relationship to the plants around them, accessing their wisdom and medicine. My talks can be tailored to the interest of the audience; from the history and philosophy of herbal medicine, the use of plant-based medicine to treat specific conditions, the connection of herbs to our spiritual nature, Shamanic tradition and plants of the Amazon or the simple use of every day herbs. I would be happy to discuss what aspect of herbal medicine interests you and deliver a talk.
Availability & Fee:Anytime£60.00 per hour
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: S, OHPClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:History, Travel
Name & Location:Mr Michael  ASTROP Todmorden
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Origins & Oddities of English Inn Signs
Few people realise that two thousand years of history is hanging over their heads, and that the humble pub sign can hold the key to a town's past. Pubs were rarely named by accident but were inspired by religion, royalty, heroes and the occasional scandal. This highly visual talk, with a quiz, explains how inns signs originate and traces their development from the Romans to the present day. Having attended this talk people will know how to read the signs and unlock the history of the inn and the travellers that took their rest and sustenance there.

Michael Astrop is the Northern Regional organiser for the Inn Sign Society and avid campaigner to retain old inns signs and original style depictions.
Availability & Fee:Anytime£40.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: S, T, FClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Inspiration
Name & Location:Mr Mark  SMITH Harrogate
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Health and positivity, Organ donation, charity fundraising.
Availability & Fee:Anytime£50.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: T, F, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Humour
Name & Location:Mr Stephen  COOKE Chesterfield
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Quizzing
My life as one of TV's Eggheads.
Availability & Fee:By Arrangement£100.00 + Exs
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: NoneClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Family History, Fiction, Local History
Name & Location:Mrs Janet  DEAN York
Contect & Website:
w: www.jdeanknight.com
Subjects:Janet is a writer offering to talk about her novel The Peacemaker, a moving story of a young woman's struggle to make peace with her father on the eve of the Second World War. It is based on her own family history. Further she offers a range of talks including; 'How Family History Wrote My Novel', 'Fact or Fiction and Everything in Between' and 'Do We Ever Learn From the Past'. She also offers book signing.
Availability & Fee:Anytime£50.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: T, F, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Gardening
Name & Location:Mrs Rachel  BARROWCLIFFE Worksop
Contect & Website:
w: www.iwantabeautifulgarden.co.uk
Subjects:Seasonal gardening talks from a qualified horticulturist with over 30 years experience. Talks include Container gardening and growing veg in pots; Summer gardens; Autumn gardens hints and lasagne layering bulbs.
Availability & Fee:Anytime£60.00
Areas Covered:South Yorkshire only
Requirements: S, T, E, Screen or white wallClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:WW2 History, History
Name & Location:Mr Ralf  SCHWEINEM Sheffield
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Berlin Wall: a personal history.
A Dark History of Berlin: spies and spying 1948-1989.
The Berlin Airlift: power and partnership in post-war Germany
Guilty as Charged: a magistrate's tale.
"In the Interests of the Child": a year in the life of a Children's Guardian.
Availability & Fee:Anytime£40.00
Areas Covered:South Yorkshire only
Requirements: S, PS, OHP, T, F, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Travel, Cycling
Name & Location:Miss Katherine  LIVER Halifax
Contect & Website:
w: www.aworldcycle.blogspot.com.au
Subjects:Australia to England by Bicycle - 16,000 miles, 24 countries, 1 girl

I am a 28 year old (*young) ?adventurer?. In my spare time, I focus on pursuing the life of a grown-up, but, in between, I'm usually found exploring the world by bicycle.

In 2015, I returned home from a 16,000 mile bike ride from Australia to the UK. I pedalled across 24 countries over 10months.

My trip took me from the hot arid desert of out-back Australia to the treacherous, freezing conditions of the Tibetan plateaux- from the urban extravaganza of Singapore to the empty plains of Kazakhstan. The nomadic life of a touring cyclist meant sleeping under bridges, in forests, out in the dusty sun-baked bushland, but most favourably, in the comfort of strangers homes where the true essence of the country came to life.

I use my talks not only to help motivate and inspire others, but to open a window into a world beyond the one we know.

 
Availability & Fee:Anytime£80.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: OHPClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:WW2 History, Architecture, Journalism & Media
Name & Location:Mr Colin  PHILPOTT Harrogate
Contect & Website:
w: www.colinphilpottmedia.co.uk
Subjects:Ex-Head BBC Yorks

Secret Wartime Britain - the stories of hundreds of places across
Britain, including in Yorkshire, which were secret during the Second
World War and which helped determine the outcome of the conflict.
These include factories, command bunkers, spying bases, art treasure
stores, interrogation centres,chemical weapons stores and many others.
It's also the story of how and why places were kept secret by people
who lived nearby and who worked there.

Relics of the Reich - When Nazi Germany collapsed in 1945, hundreds of
buildings and public spaces built by the regime were left behind and
many still exist today. This is the story of how modern Germany has
dealt with this unwanted legacy and what has happened to Nazi
architecture over the last 75 years.

A Place in History - what happens to places caught up in news events
after the reporters and camera crews move on? How are places affected
by being the centre of media attention? This is a tour of sites across
Britain affected by news events in the past 100 years. Places visited
include the scenes of tragic events like Dunblane and Hungerford but
also quirkier sites like the farmer's field where Bob Dylan played to
100,000 people, the hotel where Agatha Christie hid and the site of
the legendary Hacienda nightclub in Manchester.

Inside the BBC - my stories from 25 years in front of and behind camera in the BBC.
I worked as a reporter on many BBC programmes including Newsnight,
Breakfast News, BBC News, File on 4.
I was also a producer, editor and senior manager including as Head of BBC Yorkshire
for seven years, responsible for revamping Look North with new presenters
and new localised editions.

Photo of the map room in the Battle of Britain control bunker.

 
Availability & Fee:Anytime£75.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: S, EC, Showing powerpoints, FClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Military
Name & Location:Mr Alan  GIBSON Knaresborough
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Alan has led a very full life. After running away to sea at the age of 16 he found himself joining the British Army where he spent 7 years in the Royal Artillery and 5 years in the Special Air Service (SAS) seeing action in many theatres of war, from Northern Ireland to the Falklands War and Africa to South America. Upon leaving the Army he then acquired a small empire in the hospitality industry which was taken from him. At the age of 54 Alan entered the world of Film and TV and became a successful multi award winning actor. Interesting, funny, sometimes sad but always inspirational Alan will hold nothing back.

Therefore there is plenty to be had for a wide range of audiences.
Availability & Fee:Anytime£50.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: F, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:History
Name & Location:Mr Steve  WARDLeeds
Contect & Website:
w: www.steve-ward.net
Subjects:A. General history of the circus
B. Women in the circus
C. The life of Philip Astley
D. The cultural history of circus in Leeds
Availability & Fee:Anytime Subject to availability£50.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: S, PS, T, FClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Health
Name & Location:Miss Louise  ROBINSONYork
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Audiology
Health
Dementia

Availability & Fee:By Arrangement£20.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: Click for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Crime
Name & Location:Mr Roy E DUXBURYHull
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Ray details his experiences around working in a prison, he's written and published a book called "Happiness is door shaped", and, the book is the basis of his presentation.

Prison is a community within a community, drugs, rapes, violence is present every day, you fear for your safety and the safety of those you are committed to protect, a balance which is hard for Prison officers have to manage every day.
We deal with the most challenging Prisoners , including Charles Bronson, who took a member of staff hostage at Hull prison.
Reliving stories from a number of Prisons, makes for an interesting and informative talk.
Availability & Fee:By Arrangemnt£35-£45.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: T, FClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Charities, Sport, Therapies
Name & Location:Mr Geoff  RENDERCleckheaton
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Geoff draws on his experience of overcoming the difficult circumstances life has left him following a major stroke aged only 37. Undaunted, his talks highlight how life is effected by such traumas. Equally he explains how he has overcome discrimination in sport and changing faces of the track and has competed in World Masters. Nowadays Geoff also teaches swimming and is a support worker, he has competed in triathlons as recently as 2016.
Availability & Fee:AnytimeNegotiable around £50.00 Charitable donation
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: ExpensesClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Archaeology, Military, History
Name & Location:Mr Alex  SOTHERAN Rotherham
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:I have worked as a field archaeologist since 2001 across the globe and I currently work as the archaeology advisor for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation in the Ministry of Defence. This role requires liaison with military authorities and other stakeholders over matters related to heritage and archaeology across the MOD estate in the north of England and Scotland. Since 2003, I have also worked as a battlefield archaeologist in France and Belgium on the battlefields of the First World War. This work has involved the development of battlefield archaeology as a field discipline and the recovery of many missing soldier’s remains. Whilst in this role, I have also featured in several television programmes, including productions for YAP Films and the BBC. My talks centre on battlefield archaeology and what further information it can give us when studying the First World War, including understanding the trench systems, recovery and the identification of the soldier’s remains, even pinpointing the location of a destroyed tank.
A popular talk that I give is:

The First World War and Battlefield Archaeology

A general introduction to the work I have been involved with over the past fifteen years on battlefield sites in France and Belgium, including a general look at the material that you would expect to find on FFW sites and a look at three particular sites showing what can be learnt from the archaeology of the First World War

Along with the introduction to battlefield archaeology, the following can also be provided as talks:
Bullecourt, the Search for Tanks

Recent (2017 and 2018) excavations at Bullecourt, in France where Mark II tanks attacked with Australian soldiers in 1917. The site was excavated and revealed some evidence for the tank attack. The project was also staffed by volunteers made up of ex-forces veterans suffering from various physical injuries and PTSD and helped their recovery through the Operation Nightingale group.

Mametz Wood, Evidence for the Welsh on the Somme

Mametz Wood was the scene of an attack by soldiers of the 36th (Welsh) Division in 1916, despite large casualties the woods were captured. Excavations in 2015 revealed the remains of German positions in the woods along with evidence for the brutal nature of the fighting. The team were also joined by the rugby star Gareth Thomas who was researching his relatives who had fought in the First World War.

My fee is £40 for a talk of about an hour with questions, presented as a Powerpoint presentation. I provide my own projector, but will need a wall or screen to project onto. I am willing to travel, however, I am based in Rotherham and will charge expenses for a journey longer than half and hour.

 
Availability & Fee:Anytime£40.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: S, PS, EC, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:History
Name & Location:Mrs Michelle  BEADLEHull
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:AMY JOHNSON, HULL'S PIONEERING AVIATOR - Her life and achievements.
FLIGHT OF DISASTER - An account of the R38 airship crashing into the Humber in 1921.
Availability & Fee:By Arrangement£35.00, Plus Travel
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: PS, T, F, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Sport
Name & Location:Mr Alan  BEADLEHull
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:GIVE US A "V" - Hull Vikings Speedway Memories
THRILLS AND SPILLS - The history of Speedway in Yorkshire
Availability & Fee:By Arrangement£35.00, plus travel
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: PS, T, F, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Health, Inspiration, Public Service
Name & Location:Mr Adam  ALDERSONLeyburn
Contect & Website:
w: www.yorkshireyaks.com
Subjects:Bio:
Adam Alderson is 1 of 4 people in the world to have survived a gruelling 8 organ transplant, along with radical tumour de-bulking surgery for a rare form of cancer Pseudomyxoma Peritonei.
Over the last 3 years, Adam has gone from lying in a hospice bed, being fed through a small tube into his stomach, to defying all odds, showing his true grit, and proving his doubters wrong.
Adam now constantly demonstrates how organ donation can provide someone suffering with a terminal diagnosis, a full and active life style.
Whilst recovering in hospital after his transplant, Adam decided he wanted to take on one of the worlds biggest motoring challenges – The Mongol Rally. In July 2017, Adam and his new wife Laura, embarked on their epic adventure, aiming to raise over £30k for their chosen charities whilst raising awareness of his condition and cure.
Adam has attained invaluable experience of public speaking to audiences of 100s of people at events including Teesside university, International nurse of the year awards, secondary school assemblies, NHS conferences, numerus charity events and membership gatherings,
Adam has also appeared on BBC News in 2016, 2017, along with numerous other TV appearances such as being interviewed for Look North and featuring in several documentaries such as BBC Sunday morning live, Quest Supertruckers
Adam is a passionate and able speaker who has the audience gripped with his story and positive approach to life.

Key messages include:
- overcoming adversity
- adapting to life after a transplant
- embracing change
- determination and stubbornness
- maintaining positivity
- campaigning for organ donation.

Categories:-
inspirational and motivational.

Talks on:

Rare Cancer
Beating Cancer
Organ Transplant
Pioneering surgery
Worlds first success
8 Organ Transplant
Taking on one of the biggest motor challenges in the world after transplant
Life after transplant
Second opinions
Not taking NO for an answer
World traveller


 
Availability & Fee:Anytime£250.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: OHPClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Bookart, Crafts, Paper Magic
Name & Location:Mrs Margaret  BEECHYork
Contect & Website:
w: beeches13.skyrock.com
Subjects:I am an internationally recognised and published book artist, do look at my pictorial blog to see the books that I make.

I call what I do Paper Magic because I take a flat sheets of paper and by the ‘magic’ of folding turn them into three dimensional books. I am also a calligrapher and many of my books contain some calligraphy.

I bring a large display of my books for people to handle and enjoy. My talk would probably take 45 mins about how I became a book artists and stories surrounding the books that I make.

I also offer Paper Magic workshops.

 
Availability & Fee:Anytime Happy to cover last minute cancellations£50.00 plus travel
Areas Covered:North Yorkshire only
Requirements: T, F, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Inspiration
Name & Location:Mr Tony  MALLETTLeeds
Contect & Website:
w: www.inspirationalleads.com
Subjects:Manifesting a vision
Creativity
Innovation
21st Century skills
Well-being
Availability & Fee:Anytime£100.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: S, PS, BO, OHP, TClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Photography
Name & Location:Mr Tony  BREWERMansfield
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:DECADES OF PHOTOGRAPHY 1899 to 1933 (Part 1)
This lecture is photography based, and comprises of 85 images with a short narrative on each image.
It takes you from 1899 through to 1933; most of the photographs shown are important events in history and most images show recognisable figures. The lecture is to provoke your memory and show how certain events and people dramatically change our history.
No photographic knowledge is required. There will be a part 2 depending how part 1 is received.

THE CAMERA DOES LIE
This talk is a fun lecture where the audience will be asked if the image on the screen is a real photograph or a manufactured photo i.e. Photoshopped. It consists of 90 to a 100 images and lasts about 80 mins, or I can make it shorter if required. You do not have to be a photographer to enjoy this talk it’s just for fun.

PEOPLE AND NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY
This talk is about some of the different people I have photographed over the years, ranging from homeless people to some interesting portraits. Also included are night time images I have taken and manipulated. This talk consists of 80 to 90 images and lasts about 60 to 70 mins, or I can make it longer if required. You do not have to be a photographer to enjoy this talk.

PHOTOGRAPHING CITIES AND OTHER DESTINATIONS
The lecture is designed to help people improve their photography when on holiday, what to look for, where to stand, what to include in the shot, etc. It covers different cities and other holiday locations. This talk consists of 80 to 90 images and lasts about 60 to 70 mins, or I can make it longer if required. You do not have to be a photographer to enjoy this talk.

PHOTOGRAPHING PLANTS
This lecture is aimed at people who love photographing flowers, grasses and other types of plants. I will show how to improve your plant photography. No photographic knowledge is required for this talk. This talk consists of 60 to 70 images and lasts about 60 mins, or I can make it longer if required. You do not have to be a photographer to enjoy this talk.

IMPROVING YOUR HOLIDAY PHOTOS
The lecture is designed to show people how and what to photograph when on holiday, such as what to look for, looking for patterns and colours to remind you of where you were, what to include and exclude. No photographic knowledge is required for this talk. This talk consists of 60 to 70 images and lasts about 60 mins, or I can make it longer if required. You do not have to be a photographer to enjoy this talk.

UNDERSTANDING HOW YOUR CAMERA WORKS
The lecture is designed to show people what the different buttons on their cameras are for, and how to use them. Also I will try to explain some of the basic principles of photography. Some knowledge or interest of photography would be beneficial but not essential. This talk consists of 20 to 25 images that are text based and lasts about 60 mins, or I can make it longer if required.

PHOTO QUIZ
This fun quiz is about the audience guessing what the distorted, mixed up images are, they are all house hold items that are seen or used by most people. This talk consists of 60 to 70 images and lasts about 60 mins and it just for fun.

HOW TO CONSTRUCT A PICTURE
Using Photoshop I will show how the use of post processing programs can greatly improve and enhance your current photographs, I will demonstrate the basics for how Photoshop works.
No photographic knowledge or understanding of Photoshop is required but some familiarity would be a benefit. The lecture will be projected onto the screen via my laptop.


 
Availability & Fee:Anytime£40.00
Areas Covered:South Yorkshire only
Requirements: PS, T, FClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Humour, Nostalgia, Africa, Education
Name & Location:Mr Mike  PARKINSONWakefield
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:An amusing and educational presentation about living and working in Zambia in the 1970's
All proceeds are donated to the Alzheimer's Society. The talk is generally around 75 minutes.

 
Availability & Fee:By ArrangementCharity Collection
Areas Covered:West Yorkshire only
Requirements: TClick for requirements explanation