My Talks



I  give talks to clubs and societies across South Devon on a range of topics. One of my favourites is "Visiting the Alpine Front, 1915-18" in which I share some of my experiences in visiting forts, fortifications, tunnels, museums and much more in the spectacular scenery of Northern Italy and Slovenia.


My other talks include:

"The White Rajahs of Sarawak", the strange story of how a private individual came to rule this far-off country, establishing a dynasty with links to Devon; 

"The Redoubtable Swiss", explaining how this mountain nation was able to keep out of the clutches of Nazi Germany during World War 2. This talk includes a look at some of the amazing fortifications of the Swiss National Redoubt.

"Stories From a Carrier Bag" - based on my book, "The Remarkable Larkings" - the tools and sources I used and how the story came together, which might be of interest to anyone piecing together their family history;

"The Hill Figures of England"

I am now in the middle of what has turned out to be a Torquay Trilogy ! Last year I launched a talk on the Torquay Historical Pageant of 1924, and this is already proving to be popular. New in 2020 is, "The Drinking Fountains of Torquay", and I am just finalising a booklet to go with this talk. I am now working on a talk based on the New Zealand Discharge Depot that was here between 1917 and 1919.

For more information, have a look at the pdf below.

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