Dr Graham Cope

Location: Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan.
About me...

After a long career as a medical scientist, I like to talk in an entertaining and accessible way about important healthcare issues such as antibiotic resistance, ‘guts’ and inflammation. I have researched the history of the late Georgian period and I talk about the Royal scandal involving the Grand Old Duke of York and his mistresses Mary Anne Clarke. After recently moving to South Wales, I modified a talk about Wilberforce and the slave trade to include the role played by the Welsh industries of coal, copper, slate and wool that fuelled the growth of slavery in the British West Indies. Also, I have a talk about the important events and personalities involved in the rise and fall of the British Empire. Finally, my new talk is about the history, both factual and personal, of my military history novel set in the late 18 th century.

About my talks...

For my talk I require a screen and table. I can bring along a projector, laptop and other artefacts as appropriate.


My fee is normally £70 for a 45-60 minute presentation, depending on geographical location, with travelling expenses of 20p/m if over 20 miles from my base.
If you are a small group, please contact me and we can usually reach a compromise.

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The Duke of York and the Bone Cutter

A talk by Public Speaker Dr Graham Cole - The Duke of York and the Bone Cutter

This talk is about the Duke of York, second son of George III. He was sent by the king as a naïve, inexperienced young man to command the British army against the marauding French Revolutionaries. In his army, a young equally inexperienced surgeon uses brutal and rudimentary ways to treat the injuries and rampant diseases. This talk describes how I wrote a novel to include these two main characters. How I started the research, how I developed other characters, why I chose the time and locations. I also explain the real events and true historical figures that intertwined into this new adventure story.


A talk by Public Speaker Dr Graham Cole - THE RISE AND FALL OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

An interesting story driven by money: pirates robbing the Spaniards of their gold, settlement of the West Indies fuelled the slave trade, commerce in Asia producing the ‘Empress of India’ and problems with exports to China brought the Opium Wars. The search for gold and diamonds in South Africa resulted in the Boar War and the trade routes to Asia creating problems in Africa. But uprisings and WWI brought changes, with colonies wanting independence, resulting in the separation of Ireland, India, fighting in Kenya, and independence in Rhodesia; with other countries wanting to follow. And yet the Commonwealth continues to grow.

Antibiotic Resistance – the ‘Ticking Time Bomb’.

A talk by Public Speaker Dr Graham Cole - Antibiotic Resistance. The ‘Ticking Time Bomb’

Antibiotics are the main weapon to treat infections but since the discovery of penicillin bacteria have been evolving to resist their effects. More ‘super bugs’ are emerging, with hospital acquired infections such as MRSA a major problem. Antibiotic resistance has been described as ‘the biggest threat to modern medicine’, but why does it happen and what can be done to prevent the spread of these deadly bugs?

You’ve got to have guts!

Around 40% of people have at least one digestive problem. This talk describes the causes of a range of diseases that affect the guts and how treatment works. The talk will explain new findings about how the gut functions and how diets and fast foods can be dangerous and cause problems with sleep patterns, mood and energy levels and may hold the key to a range of other diseases such as Parkinson’s.

Inflammation – A Right Pain In The Neck

Many of the diseases of the aging body, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma, joint problems and chronic pain are a consequence or a malfunction of the immune system. What is inflammation, basically how does the immune system work, and what happens when it goes wrong? How do anti-inflammatory painkillers work, and what can you do and eat to help reduce inflammation?

The Grand Old Duke of York and Mary Anne Clarke - A Right Royal Scandal

Prince Frederick, the Duke of York was a soldier and commanded the British army against the French revolutionaries when only 29 years old. From Horse Guards he set about improving the army to be the best in Europe until they defeated Napoleon at Waterloo. But York had many mistresses. One was Mary Anne Clarke, an ambitious social climber. When the affair turned sore she caused a major scandal when she and others accused the Duke of selling army promotions for his own financial gain. The story is one of treachery, deceit, political shenanigans and a major enquiry in Parliament which rocked the country for several weeks and resulted in the resignation of the Duke

Wales' Contribution to the Growth and Abolition of the Slave Trade.

In the 18thC the wealth of Wales grew largely due to slavery in the West Indies. A number of people, places and industries of Wales played a prominent role, ranging from Captain Morgan to Iolo Morganwg, Swansea and Merthyr Tydfil, Iron works to the woollen industry. William Wilberforce, an MP for Yorkshire campaigned for many years against strong opposition for the abolition of the slave trade in 1807. But Wales continued to benefit for many years after with copper mines in Cuba transporting ore to be smelted in the Copperopolis of Swansea.

What people say about my talks

‘Thank you so much for giving us such an interesting and professional talk. All our Ladies enjoyed it immensely, especially the saucy cartoons. I do hope you will come again to give us another of your interesting talks.’

Rose, Winterbourne Down Ladies Probus


‘Graham visited us at Vale of Frome Probus Club (Nr Bristol) and gave a talk on the Grand old Duke of York – a Right Royal Scandal. The presentation was most informative, delivered with humour and in depth knowledge. Thank you Graham for your talk and we hope to see you again in the not too distant future.’

Terry, Frome Probus


‘Graham’s talk entitled “A Right Royal Scandal” was very informative and clearly revealed his knowledge of the subject and it’s period. He gave an excellent presentation using some delightful cartoons of the time. Our members enjoyed the evening and we shall be inviting him back to give another of his fascinating talks’

Joyce, Pontyclun WI


‘Graham has spoken to Pershore & District U3A on two recent occasions and is booked to return for a third time in 2020. He is an excellent speaker with many years’ experience. He engages with his audience whilst imparting a considerable level of knowledge in clear and entertaining manner. His second appearance brought a record number of U3A members to our monthly meeting.’

Jill, Chair of Pershore & District U3A


‘Graham gave a talk (antibiotics- a ticking time bomb) via zoom to our U3A and the feedback from the members was great. You may think you are familiar with the issue but Graham’s knowledge and experience in this field provided another dimension and we all took home useful information. Although a medical/scientific area it was clearly explained but was also far from basic so even those with some knowledge learned something new. We are hoping to arrange another talk later in the year and hopefully in person.’

Hilary, Gilwern U3A


“Graham gave his presentation “The Grand old Duke of York” to Caerphilly Probus Club. The amount of information given inspired a level of member participation rarely seen. Some of our members are ninety years plus but even they had an input. Thanks Graham a memorable day.”

Stuart – Probus Club 



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