Cruise Ship Speakers

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John Clithero
Sports Writer & Broadcaster
World of Sport & World of Entertainment
Coming from: Leeds,  West Yorkshire  UK
John Clithero worked for BT for 32 years where he gained extensive experience as a Lecturer in Telecommunications at their specialist Training College. After he took early retirement in 1992 he turned a part-time hobby into a business as a self-employed Freelance Sports Journalist and Broadcaster. He has travelled to many Countries covering Cricket, Rugby, Football, Golf and many other sports for BBC, Newspapers and Internet sources.

David Fitzpatrick
World Affairs, Journalism & Television News
Coming from: Fairfield County,  Connecticut  USA
A three-time Emmy Award winner, David Fitzpatrick spent more than 40 years as a producer & manager at the highest levels of network television news. He had a 25 year career at CBS News where he served as both a producer & manager, including a 3 year run as one of Morley Safer’s producers at “60 Minutes.” He joined CNN in September 2001, days after the attacks on Sept. 11. He became the principal producer for CNN Anchor Aaron Brown and again began to travel the world for CNN. David is new to cruise ship speaking and is keen to share his experiences as a TV producer both behind the scenes and covering world events.

Peter Hawthorne
Coming from: Cape Town,    South Africa
Peter, a veteran journalist, foreign correspondent and author, was born in England but has been in Africa for most of his working career. His experience stretches into most countries of Africa over more than 40 years, during which he has been witness to many of the momentous events of Africa’s dramatic winds of change. He has been a correspondent for various international media organizations in press, radio and television, including the British Broadcasting Corporation, the New York Times and several British national newspapers. Peter presents a wide range of African topics.

Jeannette Kupfermann
Social Anthropologist, Broadcaster & Journalist
BA (Hons), Mphil
Coming from: Berkshire,    UK
Jeannette was best known perhaps as the television critic for the Daily Mail between 1980 and 1995 as well as popular columns in the Telegraph, Sunday Times, and her current pieces in the Mail and Mail on Sunday. She trained as an anthropologist specialising in religious sects and symbols, but then followed a career in Fleet Street. Her diverse range of talks cover topics such as anthropology of fashion, her Life in Fleet Street and the Meaning of Dreams.

Steve Levinson
Broadcast Journalist & Economist
Coming from: Pinner,  Middlesex  UK
Steve has been one of Britain’s leading economics and business broadcast journalists for many years. He is highly respected both within and outside his profession for his hard hitting and original journalism, which has won him a number of awards. His insights into the media and the world of politics and economics, have also made him a sought after consultant and advisor to many national and international organisations. In the course of his career he has interviewed many leading political and financial figures. He speaks informatively about media and economics.

Robin Oakley OBE
Political Editor, Author & Journalist
Former Political Editor for BBC & CNN
Coming from: Wallingford,  Oxfordshire  UK
Robin Oakley is a journalist and is the author of several books on politics and horse-racing. A contributor to the international broadcaster CNN on European affairs, he has been the Turf columnist of The Spectator magazine since 1995 and is a regular after-dinner speaker. He writes too for the Financial Times. Fascinated too throughout his life by the world of horse-racing, Robin is nowadays a well-known figure on Britain’s racetracks. Robin was awarded the OBE in 2001 for services to political journalism.

John Penycate
History & Current Affairs
Historian, author & former Correspondent for Panorama
Coming from: London,    UK
John was for seventeen years an on-screen Correspondent for Panorama, The Money Programme and Newsnight, and worked in Iraq, Afghanistan and other hotspots. He has given widely-praised lectures on his historical specialisms: Constantinople; the fall of the Romanovs; World War II issues; and the Vietnam War (as co-author of The Tunnels of Cu Chi) - plus current topics like demography and the media.

Sonia Purnell
Historical Biographies
Clementine Churchill and Virginia Hall
Coming from: London,  -  UK
Sonia Purnell is a journalist known for her investigative skills and lively writing style. She began her career at The Economist Intelligence Unit before going on to edit a weekly financial magazine at only 25 years old. She has since worked for a number of high-profile newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Independent on Sunday and the London Evening Standard. Sonia’s latest book, "FIRST LADY", explores the peculiar dynamics of the fascinating union between Clementine and Winston Churchill, a subject about which she delivers a number of talks.

Graham Read
Motorsport and Motoring Writer
BA (Hons), ACIB
Coming from: Wetherby,  West Yorkshire  UK
Formula 1 motor racing is followed closely by many cruise guests and Graham loves to share his knowledge and experiences as a professional motorsport and motoring writer. He engages with audiences via 13 informative but lighthearted talks, all supported by eye-catching images. A graduate linguist, Graham has written regularly for Autosport, Motorsport News and various other publications for the last 20 years as well as testing cars for Excelle. He also has amusing tales to tell from his former days as a bank manager and occasional chauffeur for the rich and famous.

Rachel Sloane
Writer & Broadcaster
Coming from: Felixstowe,  Suffolk  UK
A lively and experienced speaker, Rachel has spoken to businesses, organisations, charities and community groups in a speaking career of over thirty five years, with stories of life behind the scenes in a radio station, the funny experiences and the moving ones, the famous and the infamous people she has interviewed. Rachel is an award winning writer and broadcaster who has presented every type of programme from news, current affairs, consumer, arts, medical and phone-in.

Derek Taylor
Foreign Correspondent & Historian
M.A. (Oxon)
Coming from: Stow-on-the-Wold,  Gloucestershire  UK
Derek Taylor is a former international TV news correspondent who now works as a writer and historian. He gives talks on his experiences as a TV journalist, on Magna Carta, and English destination places. Working for ITN, he reported from Northern Ireland, Rome, South Africa, the USA and the Middle East, where he covered five wars. In retirement, he’s had two books published. "A Horse in the Bathroom", a light-hearted look at how English villages survive in the 21st century. And "Magna Carta in 20 Places" published by The History Press to mark the 800th anniversary of the Great Charter.

Christopher Ward
Journalist & Author
Titanic author, former Editor of The Daily Express & Media Commentator
Coming from: Scottish Borders,  Roxburghshire  UK
Christopher Ward’s distinguished career in Fleet Street spanned more than twenty years, including the editorship of the Daily Express where he broke the world exclusive on the notorious break-in at Buckingham Palace, “Intruder at the Queen’s Bedside”. He is the author of three books, the most recent, “And The Band Played On” being the untold story of what happened after the Titanic sank. His talks reflect his life as a journalist and the celebrities he has written about.