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Wednesday 8th December 2021 at 02:30 pm

Barrow to Baghdad and back again

Presented by: Philip Caine

Philip's talk begins with him leaving school and follows his career to working on oil rigs in the north sea; from there to Algeria and Nigeria, to Kazakhstan and Russia, and from there to Baghdad, culminating in Dubai running an oil service company.

His talk is full of anecdotes, humour and inspiration. He concludes with the writing of his latest novel.

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Wednesday 5th January 2022 at 02:15 pm for 02:30 pm start

working with ghosts at Hampton court Palace

Presented by: Sarah slater

Working with the ghosts of Hampton Court Palace' is also very popular. Again I wear one of my costumes whilst I talk about my experiences working with the ghosts at Hampton Court Palace. I give a glimpse of what it is like to wander the galleries late at night on my own in the dark, I lead you on an exploration of the history, stories and sightings of some of the ghosts of Hampton Court Palace that have been reported over the last few hundred years.

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Monday 24th January 2022 at 02:00 pm for 02:15 pm start

Where do novelists get their ideas from? At Bishops Hill

Presented by: Bobbie Darbyshire

 

Many u3a branches have enjoyed Bobbie Darbyshire’s light-hearted, informative talk WHERE DO NOVELISTS GET THEIR IDEAS FROM? From initial spark to realisation on the page, she explains how the complex world of character, location, plot and subplot arrives in a writer’s mind.

Bobbie won the 2008 fiction prize at the National Academy of Writing and the New Delta Review Creative Nonfiction Prize 2010. Author of four novels so far, she has also worked as barmaid, mushroom picker, film extra, maths coach, cabinet minister’s private secretary, care assistant and volunteer adult-literacy teacher, as well as in social research and government policy. Bobbie lives in London and hosts a writers’ group.

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Monday 24th January 2022 at 02:15 pm for 02:30 pm start

Where do Novelists get there ideas from? Webcast by Zoom

 

Many u3a branches have enjoyed Bobbie Darbyshire’s light-hearted, informative talk WHERE DO NOVELISTS GET THEIR IDEAS FROM? From initial spark to realisation on the page, she explains how the complex world of character, location, plot and subplot arrives in a writer’s mind.

Bobbie won the 2008 fiction prize at the National Academy of Writing and the New Delta Review Creative Nonfiction Prize 2010. Author of four novels so far, she has also worked as barmaid, mushroom picker, film extra, maths coach, cabinet minister’s private secretary, care assistant and volunteer adult-literacy teacher, as well as in social research and government policy. Bobbie lives in London and hosts a writers’ group.

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Wednesday 9th February 2022 at 02:15 pm for 02:30 pm start

Bletchley Park

Presented by: Don Brown

Discover the secrets of Bletchley Park’s codebreakers and the cracking of Enigma in this online talk with DON BROWN.

Bletchley Park was the wartime home to a unique group of individuals, including geniuses like Alan Turing, Bill Tutte and Gordon Welchman.

Here the German’s ciphers were broken, shortening the war by two years or more and saving millions of lives.

You will hear how this incredible organisation evolved from the codebreakers of WW1, the systems that produced ‘Ultra’ intelligence, the men and women who worked at ‘BP’, and the role of Winston Churchill.

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