Cruise Ship Speakers

Performance Poetry & Storytelling
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Heather Bowring
Art and the Tactile Artist
Coming from: Emsworth,  Hampshire  UK
Heather is a self taught artist. Her unique style of tactile painting has been acknowledged as such by the Tate Modern, who commissioned her to make a painting for their Touch Tours collection. Other commissions include the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, who asked her to make a tactile copy of a 16th century painting of the Mary Rose ship. Heather enjoys creating different styles of painting including miniatures, portraits and contemporary works. In particular she likes to paint stories and is inspired by radio, text and dialogue of everyday life.

Steve Harvey
Adventurer and Poet
Coming from: Edinburgh,  Scotland  UK
Steve’s been an English teacher, youth worker, police officer, volunteer teacher in Iraq, lecturer in Modern Poetry at Suleimaniyah University, and Safety & Security Officer for an NGO in South Sudan. He's run creative writing courses in Normandy and had poems published in the UK, Ireland, France and Iraq, and his memoirs, Between Dreams: Difficult Paths & Dangerous Places, were launched in November 2016. The Irish writer, Eoin Colfer, called it, 'A memoir that reads like a swashbuckling novel', and of Steve's poems Scottish poet, Liz Lochhead, said that some 'will break your heart... some will make you laugh out loud.'

Judy Karbritz
Humorous Trivia and Fascinating Facts
Coming from: Edgware,  Middlesex  UK
Judy is a humorous and entertaining speaker on a wide variety of subjects ranging from the lives of famous writers and poets, the truth behind Hollywood westerns and to what life was really like as a pirate. She brings great enthusiasm to her talks using her experience in film, TV and radio broadcasting as well as fringe theatre and her numerous personal performances. Judy writes and performs her own poetry, mostly comical, on subjects that passengers can relate to.

Peter Newsham
Cultural Geography
BA, MA, FRGS (Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society)
Coming from: Croydon,  Surrey  UK
Peter’s teaching career in Sub-Saharan Africa and London, as Head of Humanities, and Lecturer at King’s College London was punctuated by educational journeys, and travels with family and friends. In addition to travel writing and journalism, he is the author of ‘Occidental Odyssey’, and, with Dr Claudine Fournié, ‘Kissing Candles; Venetian Loves’, a romantic mystery based on truth. His lectures combine accessibility, scholarship and humour about the personalities who populate history. Peter also offers Poetry Interludes; from the amusing to the sublime, from Seduction to Romance.

Mark Niel
Performance Poet & Writer
Coming from: Milton Keynes,    UK
Mark is a performance poet, writer and performer and holds the title of the first official Poet Laureate of Milton Keynes. He believes that poetry can be entertainment as well as art and his accessible style has seem him established as a festival favourite and he regularly appears on BBC radio. Starting out as an enjoyable hobby, Mark has become a full-time poet after winning many Poetry "Slams" and appearances at leading poetry and literature festivals. He believes in taking poetry to the people and has performed in schools, libraries, football stadiums, conferences, comedy clubs and on cruise ships.

Anita Sackett
Social Historian & Performance Poet
Coming from: Chelmsford,  Essex  UK
Anita was born in Northants and trained as a P.E. and English teacher before teaching in London, Wellington, New Zealand and Jamaica. Since retiring she performs and gives talks to many societies - U3As, W.Is ,Rotary, Over 50s clubs, History Societies, Essex Libraries and Drama Groups. Anita has talks about life in the 1940's and 1950's as well as poetry talks and performance.

Bryher Scudamore
Journalist & Editorial Director
Autobiography writer
Coming from: London,    UK
Bryher started her career in newspapers and then joined the BBC working her way up to becoming Editor of "That's Life!" one of the BBC's most popular programmes. She came up with the idea of "Autodotbiography" when her beloved mother, Peggy, died. Going through Peggy's papers Bryher realised how much more there was to discover and desperately wished she had found out more during her mother's lifetime. After 12 years of working on the idea, Bryher launched "Autodotbiography" in 2011 which allows people to create their precious stories about their families.

Raymond Tough
Crime Historian
Published Poet on the First World War
Coming from: Leeds,  West Yorkshire  UK
Ray joined the former Leeds City Police which was later amalgamated into the West Yorkshire Police. For most of his service he was a Detective Constable and worked in specialised departments such as the Regional Crime Squad. He is currently a Governor with responsibility for Special Educational Needs at a high school in Leeds. He is a published poet on The First World War and an experienced cruise lecturer with talks on crime and famous cases.