Lynda Warren

Location: Swindon, Wiltshire
About me...

As well as a career in television and theatre, I have a background in writing and producing educational events, this has taken me to New York, Florida, Barcelona, Paris, London and Skegness.

I consider myself primarily a writer and researcher, which I believe gives me the perfect skills to give talks to organisations ranging from Women’s Institutes and Probus, to Church groups, residential homes and colleges, and everything in between. I hold full public liability insurance and enhanced DBS clearance for working with children and vulnerable adults.

About my talks...

All of my talks are written from the heart, and are either autobiographical or subjects I am really passionate about. I firmly believe if you do not truly care about your subject you can’t expect others to listen.

Talks range from the practical (herbs and spices), to literary (poets and authors) and interactive (words and sayings). I also hold Memories Matter workshops for smaller groups, designed to stimulate interest through talking and images.

I do not use slides or PowerPoint presentations as I prefer the ‘face to face’ approach, although I do sometimes bring ‘props’ with me. All I need is a table. I can usually be heard, however I am also happy to use a microphone for additional volume/to link with a loop system in the hall. I am also happy to come at short notice if the diary permits.

Fee:

My fees range depending on length of talk and distance involved. They start at £80 for a 45 minute talk within 40 miles of SN5 4EN. All talks also have a mileage fee of 40p a mile. Longer, or shorter, talks can be arranged on request.

My Contact Details:
Phone:

01793 771453

07974372666

Funny Way To Make A Living

Available in two parts, beginning with working in Wales on period drama programmes for S4C and BBC. Providing research, props, locations and even animals. The image shows a location found in North Wales and put back in time to the early 1900s.
Part 2 of this talk is based on corporate programmes (advertising and training).
Both tell of my own experiences and are very light hearted – good when you need a bit of a laugh.

A Spoonful of Herbs

Available as talk A or B.
A: From sowing and growing to harvesting and preserving. How to grow your own herb garden or window box, and preserving your own produce.
B: Using herbs for cooking, health and beauty, from herb blends for cooking through to herb teas for health, and a couple of home made beauty products.
Both are based on the many years I have grown herbs for my own use and include practical hints and tips, demonstrations with handouts and samples to try. More information can be found on my website

Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice

Following the the spice trail of the Arab merchants and many other traders who developed the routes to bring spices to Europe.

Encompassing history and geography, it includes some featured spices with hints and tips on their use, and not always in cooking! Includes handouts and samples to try.

The Mystery of Agatha Christie

Her life, books and characters, including her mysterious disappearance, writing styles and locations. Together with a look at some of her well known major characters and the people who played them. A full reading list is provided.

Peter Rabbit and Friends

Lynda Warren - Public Speaker from Wiltshire

The life and works of Beatrix Potter, botanist, author and sheep farmer. Featuring everyone’s best loved character, Peter Rabbit, and some of Beatrix’s real life animal and human friends. It includes selected readings. A full reading list is provided.

Life on the Home Front

Based on my lovely late dad’s memories of rationing, evacuees and daily life during WW2. Dig For Victory, Woolton Pie, Make Do and Mend. A generation that supported each other for the common good.

Dickens of a Christmas

Charles Dickens and the Victorian Christmas. A look at the life and times of Charles Dickens, and the introduction of Christmas cards, crackers, trees, carols, Christmas celebrations and feasts. And, of course, one of his most famous works, A Christmas Carol.

Lest We Forget

War poets of WW1. Commemorating a lost generation with the works of some well known, and some lesser-known poets. Including the works of some often-forgotten female war poets. Ideal for Armistice Day commemorations.

A Treasure Chest of Words and Sayings

(Interactive)
The history of everyday phrases – Bob’s Your Uncle, A Square Meal, Touch and Go and much more. Members of the group select phrases from a lucky dip to ensure full audience participation.

Memories Matter Workshop - Peter Rabbit and Friends

Beatrix Potter – From letters to a sick nephew to international author, a lifetime studying fungi, and the world of sheep farming in the Lake District. Including the groups’ memories of Beatrix Potter, their own pets, and those special childhood story telling evenings. Designed for smaller groups.

Memories Matter Workshop - Life on the Home Front

Photos and other memorabilia combine with your groups own memories of daily life during WW2, from rationing to Dig for Victory, Woolton pie and everything in between. Designed for smaller groups

Memories Matter Workshop - A Look Back at the 60s.

A light-hearted photographic quiz and lively discussion on the life, music, fashion, toys and tv of the decade. The group is prompted to talk about their own memories of the time through the many images supplied. Designed for smaller groups.

Memories Matter Workshop - Beside the Sea

The great British seaside holiday. What does that mean to you? Sun, sea, sand and ? From where we stayed and what we did, to what we ate and where we stayed. Discussion prompted by photographic images. Designed for small groups.

Memories Matter Workshop - Tot's TV

From ‘Listen with Mother’ to ‘Postman Pat’, via Thunderbirds and Doctor Who. Children’s television in the UK from the 50s to the 80s. Recalling watching television with children and grandchildren. Lively quiz and discussion designed for small groups.

Herb Workshop - Make your own Group or Individual Herb Planter

All materials are supplied to create one or more herb containers, including the container itself, herbs, compost, vermiculate, labels and protective table cover. Any tools required will be provided for use on the day. Established herbs are used rather than seeds to enable quick results and ease of care.

As well as the workshop fee, there will be an additional charge of £30-£60 for one planter, depending on the size of planter and number of herbs (to be agreed in advance). Single pots are also available – please ask for details.

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.”

 

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Lynda Warren Contact Details:
Phone:

01793 771453

07974372666

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