Pen Turner

Location: Wem, Shropshire
About me...

I spent the first fifty years of my life living in London, where I had pursued careers as varied as a librarian and a remedial massage therapist, until I made the decision to walk away from my old life, travel around the world and achieve some of the things on my ‘wish list’. Now happily settled in Shropshire, I give talks to try and persuade other people that they should go out and fulfil their own dreams too.

About my talk...

My talks are around 45 minutes, allowing for a further 15 minutes of questions.

I can present my talks either with or without a Powerpoint presentation (depending on the facilities available at your venue). I provide my own laptop and projector. I just need a screen or white wall to project on to.

I am also a Mirthy Speaker.


My standard fee is £50 for an evening or daytime talk, plus 40p per mile travel expenses. I am happy to travel throughout Shropshire and into Cheshire, Staffordshire and West Midlands; if your group is further away I can present my talks via zoom.

My Contact Details:

01939 233369

Travels With a Penguin

‘Travels With a Penguin’ is not a talk about penguins.

It’s not exactly a talk about travels either – at least it’s not the standard ‘where I went on my holidays’ type of talk.  It’s the story of how I, an ordinary woman in my fifties, walked away from my comfortable life, gave up my job, sold my home, and set off to travel all the way around the world  to do some of the things on my ‘wish list’ – all with only a small stuffed penguin for company .
I talk about how I came to make this decision, some of the things I did on my travels, and the effect the journey had on me.

I finish off by getting my audience to think about their own ‘wish lists’ and how they could turn some of those dreams into reality.

Travels with a penguin - to Antarctica

I describe my original ‘Travels with a penguin’ talk (see above) as ‘not being about travels nor about penguins’.
My latest talk is about both those things, as it describes how I fulfilled a long-held dream by taking a trip to Antarctica.
I came home wanting to share the grandeur and beauty of this pristine and unspoilt continent with everyone, so have put together a 45-minute slide presentation which includes stunning scenery, wonderful wildlife, plenty of penguins and a trip to the post office!

Arrows away! Archery ancient and modern

Public Speaker in Shropshire Pen Turner presents her talk Arrows away! Archery ancient and modern

Since taking up archery about ten years ago I have come across some interesting facts about my chosen sport that I have now put together as a talk.
I start by looking at the history of archery; first as a weapon of war, and its place in English history, then how it became a leisure activity and the form it takes today. I also reveal its influence on our culture and language – which is more than you might realise!
The talk lasts approximately 45 minutes; if you think this sounds of interest to your group, please get in touch.

Pen Turner Contact Details:

01939 233369

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