Public Speaking

 

Wendy Speaks

SPEAKING publicly about my books comes as naturally to me as it would a mother talking about her own children - I know each one so intimately. From addressing the great and the good in Parliament to speaking to Women’s Institutes and schools, I love sharing the remarkable stories of those whose lives I’ve been privileged enough to chronicle. My latest tour promoting my international bestseller Born Survivors, about three young mothers who hid their pregnancies from the Nazis, has taken me to almost twenty countries. Either alone or accompanied by the miracle 'babies' I write about, I have appeared on national and local television and radio shows including BBC Breakfast, the Clare Balding Show, and Woman's Hour plus leading media shows across Europe and America. My talks frequently sell-out at every event from literary festivals to museums, synagogues to women's lunches, book clubs, embassies and schools. I was recently invited to deliver the prestigious annual Lord Merlyn Rees Memorial Lecture at the House of Lords, and am taking new bookings two years in advance.

 

Wendy Speaks

My talks are varied and numerous, reflecting the broad spectrum of my work. My discussion about my most successful book, Born Survivors, takes the audience far deeper into those life-changing Holocaust stories. In the UK I am often accompanied by miracle ‘baby’ Eva Clarke, and in the US by one or both of the other ‘babies’, Hana Berger Moran or Mark Olsky. In Heroines of War, I report on two remarkable ladies – Susan Travers, the only woman in the French Foreign Legion, and Marthe Cohn, a brave female Jewish spy who went behind enemy lines.  Shell Shock, a book that accompanied a Channel 4 television series, explains how early treatment of post traumatic stress disorder in men fresh from the First World War trenches shaped modern day psychiatry.

 

Wendy Speaks

In Five Minutes of Amazing, I tell the inspirational story of former British soldier Chris Graham who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in his thirties, which killed three members of his family. Instead of giving up, he cycled solo 16,000 miles around North America to raise money for research. His contribution to research by being a human guinea pig is keeping him positive as the symptoms take hold. In An Author’s Perspective on Publishing, I speak about what it’s been like to have been published more than thirty times by several different publishers and what advice I can offer both publishers and fellow authors in our ever evolving industry.

 

I have a few unusual Hollywood stories to tell as well. In my talk Sinatra and Martin: Inside The Rat Pack I reveal the warts-and-all side of what it was like to live with these two singing legends as told by Frank’s widow, Barbara, and Dean’s long-suffering daughter Deana. Neither man was a saint and fans may be shocked by what they hear. For those seeking peace of mind and inner happiness I offer Golden Moments of Joy and Mindfulness, detailing the way in which how we act, think and even speak can have a direct influence on our general wellbeing. Finally, in Animal Rescue - How Dogs Save Us, I speak about my heartwarming bestsellers Haatchi & Little B, Uggie: My story, and Mr Scraps, about three remarkable rescue dogs and how they transformed the lives of the humans who saved them.

 

Whichever talk most appeals to you and your group, I look forward to sharing it with you in person or – for those far away - via the wonders of video technology. Please click on the link below for further details and the Contact form to ask about pricing and availability.

 

The Talks

 

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