Talks

DAW_3099I give talks on the following topics:

  • Who’s Who. I was Editor of The International Who’s Who for 25 years and discuss how we compiled it as well as the way they edit the British Who’s Who.
  • The Royal Society of Portrait Painters. I take groups round the annual exhibition of The Royal Society of Portrait Painters at the Mall Galleries, which I have promoted since 2002 . Next year’s exhibition is being held from 3rd to 19th May 2017.
  • The Honours System. I also do TV and radio pieces on the twice-yearly honours lists which were useful in choosing the British entries in The International Who’s Who. I am giving a talk for the ESU on 12 September 2017.
  • Mutiny on the Bounty. I have a family connection with Captain Bligh and re-enact scenes from the three films in an hour-long talk which I have given to numerous clubs and societies. I gave it at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden in 2016 and last on HQS Wellington on 9th January 2017.
  • The Royal Family. I am a royal commentator used by CNN, the BBC and Sky as well as radio and lecture on royal matters. I gave this talk at the Oxford and Cambridge Club on 8th September 2015 when the Queen became our longest ever reigning monarch. I am giving a talk on the way monarchs have been portrayed on screen at the Oxford and Cambridge Club on 14th November 2017 and the Lansdowne Club on 6th September 2017.
  • “Swords and Sandals” epics. I discuss the most prominent films in this highly publicised and controversial genre. I scripted and fronted an evening on these films at the Cinema Museum in 2014. I gave this talk at Westminster Library, repeated it at the Oxford and Cambridge Club and will be giving it at U3A, Hampstead on 2nd October 2017..