Talks and Events

– Last updated: 04/05/17

I am available to give talks to history societies, family history groups, W.I’s, book groups etc. I can give talks on the background and writing of any of my books: –

The Memory Be Green: An Oral History of a Devon Village

Fever: A Story from a Devon Churchyard

The Turning of the Tide

All Around The Year

The Postman Poet 

Also the following talks;

Planning an Oral History Project.

Research and Creative Writing.

Fevers and Fried Mice: Health and Healthcare in Devon 1850-1900.

‘Reflections: The River Torridge in Poetry and Prose’

Successful Self-Publishing – a talk for writers.

I have a busy year ahead, giving talks and readings and attending signing sessions. There will be more events to add to those below, so come back again to see when I shall be attending your locality. I really enjoy meeting people on these occasions, so do come and say ‘hello’. In addition to the dates below, I can often be found signing books in the shop at RHS Garden Rosemoor when there is a special weekend event.

Here is a calendar of events for 2017 & 2018:

April 2017

• Sunday April 2nd. Book signing at Hartland Farmers’ Market

• Thursday April 6th, evening. A talk on The Postman Poet at Northam Library

• Saturday April 8th. Book signing at the Devon-Newfoundland Heritage Forum, County Hall, Exeter

• Saturday April 15th. Book signing at the Ruby Country Market, Hatherleigh

• Thursday April 20th, morning. A talk on The Postman Poet at South Molton Library

• Tuesday April 25th, evening. A talk on The Postman Poet at Braunton Library

• Wednesday April 26th. A talk on The Postman Poet for Bideford Probus

• Saturday April 29th, afternoon. Bradworthy Arts Festival. A talk on The Turning of the Tide

• Sunday April 30th. I shall be one of the Devon authors in residence at The Cabin, Bucks Mills

May 2017

• Wednesday May 3rd. The Postman Poet for Fremington W.I.

• Thursday May 4th. A talk on Fever: A Story from a Devon Churchyard for Tavistock Music and Arts Festival, 6p.m. at the Library.

• Sunday May 7th. Book signing at Hartland Farmers’ Market

• Thursday May 11th. A talk on The Postman Poet for Holsworthy History Society

• Sunday May 14th. Book signing at the Classic Car Day, NT. Killerton House

June 2017

• Thursday 1st June. Book signing at the Langtree Indoor Market

• Sunday 4th June. Book signing at the Clovelly Seaweed Festival

• Sunday 25th June. Book signing at the Holsworthy Vintage Rally

• Wednesday 28th June. A talk on The Turning of the Tide for Barnstaple Townswomens’ Guild

July 2017

• Sunday July 2nd. Book signing at Hartland Farmers’ Market

• Wednesday 26th July. Book signing at Dunster Country Fair

• Thursday 27th July. Book signing at Launceston Show

• Monday 31st July. Book signing at Woolsery Show

August 2017

• Wednesday 2nd August. Book signing at North Devon Show

• Sunday August 6th. Book signing at Hartland Farmers’ Market

• Thursday 10th August. Book signing at Okehampton Show

• Saturday August 12th and Sunday 13th. Book signing at Dartmoor Folk Festival.

• Thursday 17th August. Book signing at Chagford Show

• Thursday 24th August. Book signing at Holsworthy Show

September 2017

• Sunday 3rd September. Book signing at the Clovelly Crab and Lobster Festival

• Wednesday 6th September. A talk for Bickington Tomlin W.I.

• Wednesday 13th September. A talk on  The Turning of the Tide for Tawstock W.I.

• Thursday 14th September. Fevers and Fried Mice for West Down W.I.

• Wednesday 20th September. The Postman Poet for St Ives Festival, 2.30 at the Library.

• Wednesday 27th September. The Postman Poet for Appledore Book Festival, with Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll.

October 2017

• Thursday 19th October. A talk on The Postman Poet for Northam Thursday Fellowship.

• Thursday 25th October. A talk entitled From Archive to Narrative: A Devon Writer’s Journey for the Romantic Novelists Association at The Hidden Treasure Tearoom, Exeter.

November 2017

• Wednesday 1st November. The Memory Be Green for Moretonhampstead U3A.

• Tuesday 7th November. A talk on The Postman Poet for Braunton U3A.

• Wednesday 8th November. A talk on The Postman Poet for South Molton U3A Local History.

• Thursday 9th November. The Postman Poet for Bridport Literary Festival, with Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll.

• Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November. Book signing at N.T. Killerton Christmas Fair.

• Monday 13th November. A talk on The Turning of the Tide for the National Health Retirement Group, Roundswell Community Centre.

• Friday 17th November. The Postman Poet at Buckland Brewer Village Hall, with Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll.

• Saturday 18th November. Book signing at the Clovelly Herring Festival.

• Sunday 19th November. Book signing at N.T. Arlington Christmas Fair.

• Thursday 23rd November. A talk on The Postman Poet for Northam Men’s Forum.

December 2017

• Saturday 2nd December. Book signing at the Ruby Country Market, Hatherleigh.

• Saturday 9th December. Book signing at the Big Sheep Christmas Market.

• Sunday 10th December. Book signing at the Langtree Indoor Market.

• Saturday 16th December. Book signing at the Big Sheep Christmas Market.

• Saturday 23rd December. Book signing at the Big Sheep Christmas Market.

November 2018

• Wednesday 21st November. Fevers and Fried Mice for Honiton U3A