The Yorkshire Speakers Directory



28 Search Results for latest speaker entries, since 04-08-2019 (Most recent first)
Subject Areas:Health, Walking, Countryside
Name & Location:Mrs Deborah  NORTH Kirkby Stephen
Contect & Website:
w: www.theoutdoorguide.co.uk
Subjects:Stile free walks in the UK
Dealing with adversity
Travelling Coast to Coast in a wheelchair called Harriet
Creating a countryside For All
Availability & Fee:By Arrangement Any venue needs have have wheelchair access£200.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: S, BO, F, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Crime
Name & Location:Mr Nigel S KING York
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:My talks are 45 minutes long with the use of Power Point.
1. How credible is the evidence of children?
2. Managing sex offenders and other dangerous persons.
3. Television police drama and reality.
Availability & Fee:By Arrangement£60.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: DWB, S, PS, OHP, T, F, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Poetry
Name & Location:Mr Mike  SMITH Howden
Contect & Website:
w: www.mikesmithuk.com
Subjects:A performance talk, involving some humour
Rhythm & Rhyme - With Time for a Song
Availability & Fee:Anytime£1.00 per person - max £60.00
Areas Covered:North Yorkshire only
Requirements: EC, T, I bring a mike, if neces, F, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:History, Local, History
Name & Location:Mrs Janet  RIDLER Sheffield
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Sheffield Cathedral - 800 years of Sheffield History in One Building

A popular talk which looks at how Sheffield has developed from Saxon times up to the present day and how the city's history can be traced within the walls of its cathedral, if you know where to look. Through the building's architecture and stained glass you will discover hidden stories from medieval, Tudor and Victorian times, and meet the people who have shaped Sheffield's history such as the Earls of Shrewsbury, Bess of Hardwick, Mary Queen of Scots and many more. I am also the author of Sheffield Cathedral's official guidebook

Sheffield's Hidden Necropolis
Tucked away on a hillside just off Ecclesall Road lies a hidden Victorian city of the dead, Sheffield's very own Highgate. Sheffield General Cemetery, a Grade II* listed heritage and conservation site, is a museum of people which tells the story of Sheffield's past through its 87,000 residents and 10 listed monuments and structures. Discover one of England's earliest landscaped Garden Cemeteries as we meet steel barons, radicals, soldiers, an elephant trainer and a Russian aristocrat when we travel back in time to 1836 on a very Sheffield story of life and death in Victorian times

A Victorian Christmas how the Christmas we celebrate today had its origins in Victorian Britain, from Christmas trees and turkey to crackers, cards and carols, and with a special look at local Sheffield & South Yorkshire Christmas customs and the Sheffield carols. A fascinating look at traditional Christmas customs and their ancient origins to get you in the mood for the festive season

How the Tudors celebrated Christmas go back to Tudor times and learn about advent and the 12 days of Christmas in the time of the Tudors - a fascinating look at the feasts, festivals and customs of a Tudor Christmas and the early origins of our Christmas traditions. Discover how Mary Queen of Scots would have celebrated Christmas during her time in Sheffield in the custody of the Earl of Shrewsbury and Bess of Hardwick, and learn how to add a Tudor touch to your own Christmas celebrations.
Availability & Fee:Anytime£50.00
Areas Covered:South Yorkshire only
Requirements: S, PS, F, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Astronomy, Science, History
Name & Location:Mr Roy  GUNSON Bolton-upon-Dearne
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:John William Draper - took the first photograph of the moon, and the first portrait of a person
The Bandit King of Brazil - Brazil's "Robin Hood"
Pickering's Harem - The women of Harvard's observatory - who measured the stars
The Uncertainty of Mr Heisenberg - The life and times of Werner Heisenberg - involvement with the National Socialists and the German atom bomb project
Shakespeare's Astronomy and the Mystery of Hamlet - What is the connection with C17th cosmology and Hamlet, is there a secret dialogue hidden in the play?
Availability & Fee:Anytime£25.00 + Expenses
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: F, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Local History
Name & Location:Ms Trish  COLTON Halifax
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Halifax, little known facts about the town.
Availability & Fee:Anytime Offer my books for sale£35.00
Areas Covered:West Yorkshire only
Requirements: S, PS, EC, TClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:History
Name & Location:Mr David  YATES Nottingham
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Tailored to suit constituencies where talk is being given.
Availability & Fee:Anytime Power point presentation usually engagedFOC
Areas Covered:South Yorkshire only
Requirements: PS, T, Screen an option if availableClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Safety
Name & Location:Mr Richard  WARNES Harrogate
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:An introduction to Electricity, What it is, where it comes from, and why I never touch it.
It touches on the history of DC and AC electricity including the current wars in America, and looks at some of the do's and don'ts in the home as well as who owns what in the meter cupboard and who to call in a power failure. It is not technical and is aimed at the average person. I use a powerpoint presentation, and the fee is dependent on the audience/venue.

 
Availability & Fee:Anytime Fee dependent on audience£60.00 to £100.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: VHS, E,Click for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:History, Local History
Name & Location:Mr John  LYTE Briestfield
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:History Post Office
Story of Abide with Me Hymn
History of West Riding Village
"It will be nice when its done"
Availability & Fee:By Arrangement£45.00 + Travel Exs.
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: Click for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Natural History
Name & Location:Mr Alan  HUNTON  Escrick
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:'Ancient Trees and Ancient Woodland in Yorkshire': In this talk we will discuss the work of the Woodland Trust and, in particular, the environmental benefits of preserving our ancient woodland heritage. Examples of ancient trees in Yorkshire and elsewhere will illustrate this subject. A donation will support the work of the Woodland Trust.

'Britain's Trees in a Changing Climate': We will see how the treescape has changed from the Ice Age to the present and explore how best we might manage our woodland in the future as the climate warms. Nature's Calendar is a web based tool that will help us to monitor the effects of climate change on wildlife. A donation will support the work of the Woodland Trust.

 
Availability & Fee:Anytime Within 30 miles of York£40.00 Donation to Woodland trust
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: S, T, Back-up projector usefulClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Nostalgia, Personal Experiences
Name & Location:Mr Paul  WHITELEY Sowerby Bridge
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Talks on:
Sports Commentator
Football Referee
Undertaker's Assistant
Cash-in-Transit Security
PR & Media
Availability & Fee:Anytime£30.00 + travel expenses
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: Bar Stool, F, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:History, Natural History
Name & Location:Mr David  MASON  Ripon
Contect & Website:
w: www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/woods/hackfall/
Subjects:1) Hackfall Woods, at Grewelthorpe near Ripon. An eighteenth century romatic landscape of curiosities above the banks of the River Ure. Featuring a Rustic Temple, The Ruin, Fountain, Mowbray Castle, Fisher's Hall and more. Created after 1731 by William Aislbie, from Studley Royal. Today owned by the Woodland Trust and managed by the Hackfall Trust, it is a Grade One listed park and garden.

2) A general talk about the Woodland Trust and how it works and what it does to create, protect and restore UK woodlands.

Photo of Fisher's Hall



 
Availability & Fee:Anytime£40.00 Donation to Woodland trust
Areas Covered:North Yorkshire only
Requirements: S, BO, T, FClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:History
Name & Location:Mr Malcolm  WALKERYork
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Malcolm is a member of the Association Of Voluntary Guides to the City & a Minster Guide most but not all have a local flavour:
1) "THE IRISH IN YORK": Mainly about the influx of starving Irish after the Potato Famine of the 1840's & the part played by the York Quaker Families in alleviating their sufferings both in Ireland & in York.
2) "THE TUKES OF YORK": I became fascinated by the most important of the above families & this talk is a spin off. They were responsible for educating girls to the same standard as boys (The Mount) the first humane mental Institution (The Retreat) & without them there would have been no "Rowntrees".
3) "The ARCHBISHOPS OF YORK" a rather satirical swipe at the second prelate in the C.of E.
4) "GRANDMAS, GRAYS & GUIDE" a look back to Victorian & Edwardian York & W.W.s 1 & 2 - partly from my family's perspective.
5) "A HISTORY OF PRINTING IN YORK" I cover all printing in York but with special emphasis on where I worked - Ben Johnsons.
6) "THE WORLD OF WALTER BRIERLEY" - architect of York. To quote Betjeman, "He lived before ugliness in architecture became compulsory".
7) "THE STATUS OF WOMEN" There are no specific York connections. I prepared it for the centenary of women getting the limited vote in 1918.
8) A look at Seebohm Rowntree's book "POVERTY A STUDY OF TOWN LIFE". It was a survey of the conditions of the people of York in 1900: said to be the most important social document of the C20. The talk also looks at the relevance of that survey with conditions today.
9) This Talk is more or less a "Virtual" version of the Tour I take tourists on around the City in my capacity as a guide.
Availability & Fee:Anytime Location by arrangement£30.00-£40.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: SClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Writing, Social History, Local History
Name & Location:Ms Irene  LOFTHOUSEBradford
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:A WW1 Women's History
B Creative Writing
C Scriptwriting
D Forgotten Bradford Poets
E My Theatre Life
F Bradford Suffragettes
G Newlands Mill Disaster
H How to self-publish
I Famous Irene's of the World
J Researching Characters for Stage
K The Art of Reinvention
L Being a Writer
Availability & Fee:By Arrangement These are a few of the topics that I offer.By Arrangement
Areas Covered:West Yorkshire only
Requirements: S, OHP, T, FClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Environment
Name & Location:Dr Stephen  SNOWHope Valley
Contect & Website:
w: thegreenlightenment.blogspot.com
Subjects:Sustainable Britain: how is it possible, what will it look like, when can we have it?
Availability & Fee:Evenings & WeekendsFOC
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: Click for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Writing, Social History
Name & Location:Ms Elisabeth  CHIDSEYEldwick, Bingley
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:I give talks about my book, 'English Country Lanes - Celebrity Choice'.
Availability & Fee:By Arrangement Bingley, Bradford, Ilkley, Baildon, Shipley, Saltaire areas.£40.00
Areas Covered:West Yorkshire only
Requirements: S, PS, EC, BO, T, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Health
Name & Location:Mrs Sharon  RUSHWORTHGomersal
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:impact on life.
Positive interventions.
Guiding a visually impaired person.
Issue which can arise when going out.
Availability & Fee:By ArrangementFOC
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: DWB, T, F, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Crime, Local History, Railways
Name & Location:Ms Rosemary  COOKDringhouses
Contect & Website:
w: www.rosemarycookauthor.co.uk
Subjects:1. York Home for Nurses 1870 -1984
2. The Crimes of Dr Gramshaw - York and Stillington GP 1853-1908
3. The Nightingale Shore Murder - the true story of the unsolved murder of Florence Nightingale's goddaughter, on a train, in 1920 (talk or interactive crime-solving session with audience as jury)
4. Tales from Dringhouses Railway - the solicitor, the skater, the signalman and the scholar. The short stretch of railway that passes south from York through Dringhouses has seen its fair share of accidents and incidents. From explosives on the line to engines arriving at the station with body parts attached, to highway robbers apprehended waiting for a train ... This talk covers the development of the York railway, the people and goods it carried, and the true stories of the solicitor, the skater, the signalman and the scholar, all related to this stretch of railway. It will be of interest to any group of railway enthusiasts, local history buffs or just lovers of a good yarn!
Availability & Fee:Anytime£40.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: S, OHP, F, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Yorkshire, Poetry, Writing, History
Name & Location:Mr Julian  MORGAN Malton
Contect & Website:
w: www.yorkshireauthor.com
Subjects:100 Yorkshire Stars
This talk will investigate how a list of the county's top personalities was formulated in the process of writing the book, Sonnets for Yorkshire Stars. Books will be on display and available for purchase, with 10% of takings going to the organisers of the event afterwards.

Puzzles and poems across the Broad Acres
This talk will investigate the process of research and selection of subject matter for my three books of Yorkshire Puzzles and poetry collection, Sonnets for Yorkshire Stars. The talk will be partly in the form of a puzzle, with a prize for the winner. Books will be on display and available for purchase, with 10% of takings going to the organisers of the event afterwards.

FAKE NEWS: what the Romans span for us
This talk will look at how various Roman emperors made use of political spin, generally to make other Roman emperors seem more awful than they were themselves (warning - some of this could be a little bit rude).

My series of Yorkshire books will be on display and available for purchase, with 10% of takings going to the organisers of the event afterwards.
Availability & Fee:Anytime£35.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: S, T, Projection for my laptop, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Medicine, Charities
Name & Location:Dr David A KERSHAWThurgoland
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:The Work of the Mercy Ships. Alan has worked with the charity Mercy Ships for the last 10 years in a variety of West African countries. His talk will explore the challenges and rewards of providing medical services and education to populations who would otherwise have no access to them.
History of Anaesthesia - This talk covers the journey from the earliest forms of anaesthesia to the present day
Availability & Fee:Anytime£50.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: S, PS, BO, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Crafts, Art
Name & Location:Mr Ian  TOMLINSONYork
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:STAINED GLASS A MYSTERY TRADE
How much do we know about it?
It's been around for 1,000 years.
I will show you the different glass that is used.
How 'Antique' glass is made.
Why different leads are used.
How a window is constructed.
Old tools & medieval methods.
New tools & equipment.
Availability & Fee:Anytime Travelling expenses @ 25p/mile£50.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: T, 4 large tables, F, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:History, Crime
Name & Location:Mr Allan  COXFiley
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:A one hour light-hearted look at Capital Punishment through the ages, from Henry VIII right through to its abolishment.
Availability & Fee:Anytime Travel Expenses onlyFOC
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: PS, EC, OHP, E, Projector if availableClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:WW2 History, Inspiration, Travel
Name & Location:Mr Peter J SPEDDINGLeeds
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Grand Canyon. Join Peter and party on a 270 mile journey down the canyon. Are you ready to take the plunge?
RAF Regiment, My fathers story, joining up in the height of World War 2, training in Stornaway, joining operation Torch in North Africa, Corsica, Italy, Palestine.
"Meanwood what's on t'internet" highlighting interesting buildings and characters of Meanwood
"Forgotten residents of Meanwood" - Edward Oates creator of Meanwood park and his son Frank Oates Victorian explorer and his trip in 1873
Availability & Fee:By Arrangement£50.00
Areas Covered:West Yorkshire only
Requirements: S, PS, TClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Games, Puzzles
Name & Location:Mr Phillip  BURLEY Nottingham
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Puzzles Past and Present
A whistle-stop tour of puzzles over a 4000 year period, from mazes to Rubik cubes; metal puzzles to wood and string, and more! The audience should be arranged so that 4-6 people are at each table. Each table gets a box of puzzles to investigate as the talk progresses. I can (almost) guarantee there will be some puzzles unknown to the audience. Includes puzzle myths and legends and some surprising personalities...

Best suited for no more than 40 people, the talk lasts approximately 45 minutes.

 
Availability & Fee:By Arrangement Travel up to an hour distant from Nottingham.£40.00-70.00
Areas Covered:South Yorkshire only
Requirements: T, FClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Publishing, Sport
Name & Location:Mr David  ASQUITHYork
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:Worked in the Book Publishing for 40 years. Met numerous famous authors.

Refereed Rugby League at the top level.
Availability & Fee:Anytime£30.00-35.00
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: F, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Charities
Name & Location:Mrs Susan  HOGGLeeds
Contect & Website:
w: solar-aid.org/
Subjects:Solar lighting in Africa

SolarAid is an international charity, founded in 2006, working to provide access to affordable solar lights in remote rural communities in Africa. It is their mission to eradicate the kerosene lamp from the continent by creating markets for sustainable solar lighting. It is supported by well known people such as Richard Branson. SolarAid is registered with The Charity Commission and the Fundraising Regulator.

The presentation will illustrate the problem and present SolarAid's solution. I am a volunteer speaker for the charity.

A voluntary donation by the booking organisation is always welcome.
Availability & Fee:By ArrangementTravel Expenses Only
Areas Covered:West Yorkshire only
Requirements: S, EC, BO, OHP, T, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Poetry, Personal Experiences
Name & Location:Mrs Ann  WHIERSHarrogate
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:It's Christmas!
Christmas presentation of readings, mostly a range of poetry with a little prose. I offer a reading of Christmas poems which reflect the diverse nature of that festive period from the religious to the whimsical, recognising its deep significance to Christians and its importance to families, especially children, as I consider Christmas from different viewpoints.

Wilfred Owen: the man and his poetry
War is one of the most passionate of subjects and rightly, therefore, a frequent subject of poetry. World War 1 is arguably the most frequently recorded conflict and Wilfred Owen is probably the best known of the war poets. She offers a reading of a selection of his work with some insight into his life.

Tales from the Schoolroom
We have all sat in the classroom and memories are varied but I take a journey through 39 years of teaching, reflecting on children I have met and incidents I remember. Sometimes humorous, sometimes not, I quickly realised that the title teacher is not always accurate as I have learned as much as I have ever taught.
Availability & Fee:By Arrangement, Location by arrangement£40.00 + Travel Exs
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: T, F, EClick for requirements explanation
 
Subject Areas:Entertainment, Television
Name & Location:Mr John  STIRLINGStockport
Contect & Website:
w: No Website
Subjects:TOYTOWN TO BUCKINGHAM PALACE...
The title of John's talk refers to his childhood acting opportunity when Enid Blyton chose him to play 'Noddy' in her west end musical... he trained at Italia Conti Stage School and between the age of ten to sixteen appeared in over 400 TV productions, including 12 plays and 3 films... he took up production management and spent six years with Morecambe and Wise production staff then produced and travelled with Billy Fury for 18 months before starting his television career which has lasted for over 35 years producing directing and writing shows... he has produced and written concert shows from Marti Caine to Michel le Grand and has held television executive positions from assistant head of light entertainment at Granada to Talent Co-ordinator of London Weekend television... more recently he created the Michael Elliot Trust with Dame Judi Dench and June Brown MBE and for twenty five years they rescued over 600 neglected and abandoned donkeys to work with children with special needs finishing up with private audiences in Buckingham palace as they looked after her majesty's donkeys.

Recent engagements in Yorkshire: an evening with John Stirling... reviews on line Toytown to Buckingham palace'
An after dinner talk at the Rendezvous hotel, Skipton... the Georgian theatre in Richmond... the Empire theatre in Skegness... several nights in the Ribble Valley... Shipden hall... Stirk House Gisburn..the Grassington Festival... etc.
Availability & Fee:Anytime, Prepared to travel£75.00 + £25.00 Exs
Areas Covered:All Yorkshire covered.
Requirements: NoneClick for requirements explanation