About Colin van Geffen...
I have been presenting Illustrated Talks since 1988 – originally locally for charity but now as part of my self-employed work – I am an artist / illustrator but in these continuing difficult times people have less disposable cash and seek more interesting ‘entertainment’. I am happy to offer my growing list of titles to groups of any size, where-ever they may be located. As a local historian & aviation enthusiast living in the New Forest, I am surrounded by a rich backdrop of historical opportunities. I research and write all of my presentations and presentation of the facts is my priority, sometimes exploding myths but always offering an informative, interesting and educational presentation. I have given talks to U3A, WI, Probus, , RAeS, 41Club, local history societies, community groups and many other organisations across England as well as on board a number of cruise ships.
About my talks...
All of my Illustrated Talks are aimed at ‘family audiences’ so are not too technical, but examine subjects which are in the public consciousness whilst focussing on some of the less-well-known facts. All of those on the list are PowerPoint: I have all the equipment I need (although I am always delighted if groups have their own screen / suitable blank wall, as this saves me a lot of extra effort). I prefer to use my own laptop, but always carry my talks on a flash-drive where organisations prefer to offer their own equipment (although I have encountered technical or compatibility probs on more than one occasion).
Most of my titles are prepared in ‘short’ (40-50 mins) ‘medium’ (55-65 mins) or ‘long’ (70 – 80 mins) to suit groups’ requirements, and breaks can be included if required. I am always happy to take questions at the end.
My fee is £85.00 plus mileage at cost. I am prepared to be flexible for smaller groups with an ‘introductory fee’ (within reason).
Although based in the New Forest (SO45) I am happy to travel to your venue for additional cost of fuel, plus accommodation if necessary. I have been invited to give Talks in London (National Maritime Museum, Greenwich), RRHT Bristol, University-based groups in Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Southampton & Guildford; military-based groups in Shrivenham (Wiltshire) and Cranwell (Lincolnshire) and many other small, medium & large groups from Coventry & Rugby to the New Forest. Please feel welcome to ask.