I love doing speaking gigs (the sound of one’s own voice being a particular pleasure).
Engagements have included conferences for the Federation of Small Businesses and The Romantic Novelists Association, Writers Holiday, The Annual Writers Conference, The Guildford Book Festival, The British Society of Comedy Writers and The Rotary Club as well as talks to numerous writing groups and dining clubs and once – for charity – standing on a box at Speakers Corner (oh my god!).
I am a client of The Speakers Agency and womenspeakers.co.uk along with Edwina Currie, Toyah, Erin Pizzy, Pam Ayres, Charlie Dimmock, Judith Chalmers, Aggie MacKenzie, Alice Beer and other such luminaries.
With Edwina at the press launch of womenspeakers.co.uk.
With Fiona Walker at the Derbyshire Literature Festival – looking like a sumo wrestler (me, not the lovely Fiona!)
And in Hyde Park battling to be heard above the buses and hecklers. “Get off, you dyke” (Moi??) and “Women should be in the kitchen” were two of their favourites.