I give illustrated talks and presentations to all Groups, Clubs, Institutes, residential and rehabilitation homes, Schools and Colleges etc based on my work and books, currently focussing as follows:


  • Conservation of the Amazon Rain Forest:  Beautiful photography - the indigenous people, the rivers, flora and fauna, the controversial history of the region. Threats to the natural miracle of the imperilled forests and this invaluable but fragile and immensely complex eco-system: climate change, deforestation, oil exploration, economic and population pressures - and draconian solutions.  Learn more, visit, and enrich your lives.
  • Chicken Street: Afghanistan before the Taliban - clearing the debris of war.  Historical reminders of the First, Second and Third Afghan wars, followed by life in Kabul and beyond during the civil war after the Russian occupation, serving as a prelude and back drop to the current situation.
  • Zalzala: The aftermath of the South East Asia Earthquake of 2005 in what was then North West Frontier Province, Pakistan.  The author served for six months in Balakot, running a tented camp for survivors and conducting outreach relief work to remote villages high in the surrounding mountains of the Kaghan Valley.  An account of on the ground assistance given to the victims of this disaster, and details of the aid efforts of the international humanitarian community to help the homeless through the harsh winter conditions, serving as a template for future natural disaster response.
  • Iquitos - Gateway to Amazonia: The author has family and a smallholding in the Peruvian Amazon and has visited the region regularly over the past two decades, writing and publishing his 'alternative travel guide' (now in its Sixth Edition), and selling thousands of copies to visitors and tourists.  The talk covers the people, wildlife, flora, fruits and fauna of the region, the colourful history of the frontier city of Iquitos (including the period of the 'rubber boom'), and suggests itineraries and visits away from the beaten track.
  • Humanitarian and Disaster Response Assignments Worldwide:  This copiously illustrated talk covers the management of aid programmes in Croatia with the Red Cross during the Balkans war, work as Head of the RC Delegation in Armenia after the earthquake, and operation of an emergency cholera field hospital in Goma after the genocide.  VSO postings to Ethiopia, Somaliland and Bangladesh are included, as is work with disabled refugees for Ryder Cheshire in remote Western Tanzania, and assignments in Eritrea and Nagorno Karabagh.
  • Three decades in the Royal Navy: Libya with Colonel Gadaffi, HM Royal Yacht BRITANNIA, Malayan Emergency jungle patrols, round the world in HMS CHICHESTER, Commando carrier HMS ALBION and Borneo Confrontation, British High Commission in Ottawa, Canada, and NATO HQ in Malta GC. Loan Service with the Sultan of Oman's Navy in Muscat at the end of the Dhofar War, Commander Royal Naval Hospital Haslar, HMS DEVONSHIRE guided missile destroyer - and more

I find that a talk of 40 minutes or so suits most audiences, with time for questions and discussion.  When appropriate and requested, I can include space as required to discuss writing techniques and offer suggestions and ideas for prospective authors. I am based in Battersea, London, and can cover all of UK and indeed abroad.  In general a donation to charity is welcomed in lieu of fees. There is no charge for charitable organisations.  Contact me

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Recent Talks:  "AFGHANISTAN"  -  Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation (Veterans' Housing & Support), 446 Fulham Rd, SW6 IDT.   "Afghanistan past and present" - New Horizons, Chelsea SW3  (http://www.new-horizons-chelsea.org.uk).  "Travels in the Amazon Rain Forest" - The London Lecture Club (http://www.thelectureclub.com).  "The Amazon Rain Forest"  - Horsham Natural History Society.   "The Peruvian Amazon" - Furzefield Primary School, Merstham.  (Sample postscript: 'A huge thank you - it was really wonderful to see the expressions of the children!'). "Amazon Rain Forest - By leaves we live" - British Legion, Royal Hospital Chelsea ('Thank you so much for a thought provoking tour de force about the wonders of the Amazon.')

2018 Programme: On application. Most recent talk: 13th November 2017 - Wanstead Women's Club ('Life in the Amazon').  Next talk: 28th March 2018 - Riverside Club, Hornchurch ('Afghanistan').