I’m always delighted to give talks to national and local history societies, literary festivals, local libraries, reading groups, etc,usually for a modest fee plus expenses. Please go to the Contacts page to get in touch.

Given sufficient notice, talks can be tailor-made to suit a particular area, e.g. ‘[County name] and the Sailing Navy, 1600-1850’.

Other topics include:

– Writing 17th century naval fiction

– The Anglo-Dutch Wars of the Seventeenth Century

– Samuel Pepys

– The ‘Gowrie Conspiracy’ of 1600

– Admiral Adam Duncan

– Admiral John Byng

– and talks about my books, either generally or individually


DSCF1432ATalks and lectures have been delivered, inter alia, to:

–  the Taunton and Penzance literary festivals

–  the International Commission for Maritime History at King’s College, London;

–  the Anglo-French naval historians’ conference;

–  the Mediterranean Institute of the University of Malta;

–  the Welsh maritime history conference;

–  the early modern history seminars of Oxford, Cambridge and London universities;

–  the ‘Open Museum’ adult education programme at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich;

– the annual conference of the Naval Dockyards Society, also at Greenwich;

– and many local history societies and libraries in the Home Counties and South Wales

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