Lynda Warren

Location: Swindon, Wiltshire
About me...

I consider myself very fortunate in my career and consider myself primarily a writer and researcher. I am now in my mid 60’s with a range of 30 talks, both autobiographical and subjects that I am really interested in.  In addition, I write and produce educational events which has taken me to Paris, Barcelona, Florida, New York, London and Skegness! 

I have spoken to groups including, but not limited to, Women’s Institutes, Ladies Circles, Probus, Retirement Homes, Day Centres, Church Groups and U3A’s. 

About my talks...

I do not use any slides, so my only requirement is a table that would be useful for those of my talks that require props. Talks usually last for 45 minutes, with questions if required, but I can shorten or lengthen any of my talks to suit.


From £70 to £100 (dependent on location and size of audience) plus travel expenses of 30p per mile if more than ten miles from my home address in Swindon, Wiltshire.  I regularly give talks in Avon, Bristol, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire. 

Subject to availability, I am happy to attend at short notice. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me for further information.

My Contact Details:

01793 771453


My Talks

Demonstrations - With free printed handouts and samples to try

1: ‘A spoonful of herbs’  (Suitable for gardening clubs)

Featuring the countries and people who introduced us to herbs.  This talk takes us through many centuries with a look at how they have been used in cookery, beauty products, household applications and medicines.


2: ‘Sugar and spice’ – and all things nice

Follow the ‘Spice Trail’ of the Arab merchants and many other traders who developed the routes to bring spices to Europe, with seven featured spices and hints and tips on their uses, not just as cookery items.


3: ‘Funny way to make a living’ (in Wales)
The challenges of working on period drama programmes for S4C and BBC where research and accuracy is essential.

4: ‘Funny way to make a living’ [part 2]Corporate video – finding locations, props, even animals, for commercial TV and video.

5: ‘Theatre memories’
Stories from experiences at the Wyvern Theatre and repertory theatre.

6: ‘Location, location, location’
The personal experiences of a location finder/manager.

7: ‘He’s behind you’
The history of pantomime with behind the scenes stories from my time in theatre.


8: ‘The mystery of Agatha Christie’
Her curious life, books and characters, including her disappearance and two marriages.

9: ‘Agatha Christie, mistress of suspense’
Her characters, writing style etc. specifically for book/writing clubs.

10: ‘Peter Rabbit and friends’
The life and works of Beatrix Potter, botanist, author and sheep farmer.  Features the reading of two of her books – The Tale of Peter Rabbit and the lesser known Ginger and Pickles.

11: ‘Treasure chest of words and sayings’
The history of everyday phrases – audience select phrases from a lucky dip to ensure full participation.

12: ‘The man who invented Winnie the Pooh’
The wonderful world of AA Milne and the background to Christopher Robin.

13: ‘The secret world of Nursery Rhymes’
The, often grim, tales behind some of our favourite childhood verses.



14: ‘The people of the Titanic’
The true stories behind the passengers and crew, both saved and lost.

15: ‘Life on the Home Front’
Dad’s memories of cookery, evacuees and daily life during WW2, including rationing and making things go that little bit further!

16: ‘Wartime kitchen garden’ (Suitable for gardening clubs)
How our nation was fed during WW2.  Dig for victory, the land army, and more.

17: ‘Dicken’s of a Christmas’
Charles Dickens and the Victorian Christmas, includes relevant passages from a selection of his books.

18: ‘What the Dickens!’
Charles Dickens, his characters and visits to the USA – a year-round alternative to 17.

19: ‘Lest we forget’
Male and female war poets of WW1, commemorating a lost generation.  Particularly suitable for talks scheduled for October and November.

20: ‘Disney magic’
Walt Disney’s life and his legacy of music, films and theme parks.  Based on 20 years research into this fascinating man.




More History - the 1950's to the 1980's

21: ‘A look back at the 60s’
Remembering the music, fashion, toys and tv of the decade.  From Muffin the Mule to the Beatles.

22: ‘Beside the Sea’
A history of British seaside holidays.  Innocent times, but more than just sea, sand and … sun?

23: ‘Tots TV’
Relive childhood memories with this talk on children’s television from the 50s to the 80s.




24: ‘Natures Poisoners’ (Suitable for gardening clubs)
The dangers lurking in your garden, with historical and literary links.

25: ‘A century of women and the Women’s Institute’
The changing role of women, and the back story of the WI.



26: ‘The Land of Nursery Rhymes’
Traditional children’s nursery rhymes, action and counting games – 36 months to 3 years.

27: ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’
The world of Beatrix Potters most loved characters – 3-5 years.

28: ‘Everyone’s Favorite Bears’
Stories of Winnie the Pooh, Paddington and Rupert – 5 years to 7 years.

29: ‘The Fox, and The Magic Finger’
2 stories by Roald Dahl – The Fantastic Mister Fox, The Magic Finger– 7 to 9 years.

30: ‘Mary Poppins’
Excerpts from PL Travers books about the best nanny in the world – 9-11 years.

Other readings and age groups available on request


What people say about my talks................

Blewbury Women’s Institute
“I am writing to thank you very much for presenting your Location talk to Blewbury WI members.  Judging by the laughter it was obvious the members enjoyed the talk as well as it being very informative.”

Chippenham Alzheimer’s Society
“Your talk on the Titanic was most interesting and enjoyable and we were rather surprised that such a sad event could be so fascinating.”

Nailsea Masonic Widows
“The ladies thoroughly enjoyed your talk, Treasure Chest of Words and Sayings, and it was so different from other talks which we have had.  I hope we will have the pleasure of your company again.”

North Bradley WI
“We were all enthralled with your choice of WW1 poets and some people, myself included, are looking for books by the lady poets you recommended.”

Lynda Warren Contact Details:

01793 771453


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