I have been a journalist for more than 40 years. I started in Johannesburg, South Africa, covering the big and everyday events during the 1970s and 1980s. I have also worked extensively in Britain, including 22 years on The Times. I currently make a regular appearance on a local BBC radio station and have extensive experience as an amateur actor. I have spoken to local history groups, WIs and charities.
About my Talk...
My talk is called “Journalism: My Part in Its Survival”. It is about the people I have encountered and experiences I have had as a newspaper reporter over nearly 45 years. It starts in apartheid South Africa and how working at that troubled time has informed what I do. I discuss some of the fascinating people I have met, such as Roal Dahl, Freddie Mercury and Nicky Lauda. I also talk about how technology has revolutionised newspapers – for better and worse – and my feelings now about an industry that fascinates me still.
I don’t use a projector but I bring along cuttings of my newspaper stories, which the audience is welcome to browe through,.
My talks are usually between 45 minutes to an hour but am happy to agree a shorter or longer time. I would be happy to collaborate with other speakers in a group format. I am available for day and evening events.
My fee is £75, plus travel expenses when the venue is more than 10 miles from Littlehampton. I am happy to travel long distances, for which I would discuss low-cost accommodation.