What area do I cover?
I am based in the middle of the UK, so venues as far apart as Inverness and Eastbourne are equally accessible. With good access to airports, engagements in Jersey, Italy, Eire and North America are also easily reached.
What equipment can I provide?
Windows laptop, digital projector, projector stand, wireless remote, cabling. Talks can be provided on memory stick in PowerPoint format if you wish to use your own equipment. Projector screen to be provided by the venue.
What is my fee?
This depends on a number of factors, including distance. The fee will be considerably lower if I am already in the area for a talk on an adjacent date: travel costs are therefore already covered. Check out my current bookings to see if you can piggyback your date on to an existing booking. As I lecture throughout the UK, I can often reduce travel expenses by clustering together a number of talks in the same geographical area. Any fee quoted will be all inclusive.
Do I offer online talks?
At the moment, I am not providing online talks. It is something I'm still wrestling with, so that may change. I’m giving more online university tutorials this year, and it's made me realise how much I miss face to face contact, and making connections with the audience. So much of my school talks is about performance: injecting some energy and enthusiasm into the room, and feeding off the feedback I get from monitoring the audience and their reactions. There's also the many small interactions with individual pupils during the day as I move around the school, giving different talks to different classes. Pupils often want to ask me questions that are personal to them; whether that's careers advice, the need for some validation of their hopes for the future or just some confirmation that there are others who think like them. There are a lot of excellent online resources and I'm wary of losing what I think makes my talks to schools special: having a real live, interrogable, enthusiastic geographer who can respond quickly to the mood in the room.