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EXPERTISE
Destinations & Ports
Ecology & Conservation
Travel & Destinations
Vikings & Scandinavia
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE WITH:
BIOGRAPHY
Kathy has a passion for travel, meeting new people and seeing new places. Having visited places as far afield as New Zealand, Israel and America for pleasure and business: More recently cruising round the Baltic, Norway, Iceland, the Mediterranean and the Canaries. She is an experienced destination lecturer, recently cruising with Celebrity to the Baltic and Mediterranean. A member of the Speakers Club of Great Britain having received the advanced speakers certificate.

Kathy gained a Doctorate in Agricultural History and Ecological Management, from Imperial College London, in 2004. Growing up in the Yorkshire Dales Kathy has a love for the countryside and history. She has worked in agriculture and conservation since 1980. She presently runs a consultancy for land owners and farmers, advising on conservation (in the widest sense of the word), ecology, and hydrology. She is an accomplished crafts woman from fused/ leaded glass and Church bell ringing to lace making, embroidery, and quilting (exhibiting at the festival of quilts Birmingham NEC).

Kathy has many year’ s experience as a successful lecturer and mentor. Having experience both as a civil servant and in private consultancy, organising lectures, activity workshops and study trips in England. She is presently working with Reading University mentoring 2nd year Students. Kathy has a range of Presentations on; Destinations, British traditions, and the countryside, which can be tailored to destinations or seasons as required.
TALKS & REGIONS OF EXPERTISE
Northern Europe and Atlantic

• St Petersburg; a Glorious Venice of the north. Romanov’s and Rivers.
From the foundation of the city by Peter the Great, the Tzars built the splendid city of St Petersburg from the Bronze Horseman to the Church of the spilt Blood. The story of the city is intertwined with the tragic tale of the Romanov Family.

• Copenhagen, Rostock (Warnamunde) and Gdansk; The Hansiatic League and Baltic trading ports.
Small fishing villages grew to become important trading ports in the middle ages with the Hansiatic league.
The market square of Rostock is now UNESCO World Heritage site.

• Stockholm; from fairy tales to majestic mansions; from folk music to Abba. Stockholm is a capital of contrasts.

• Tallin and Helsinki; the Gulf of Finland. The story of these capital city's is intertwined with invasions from Sweden, Russia and Germany. They have developed into cultural capitals with a vibrant history

• Vikings and their Voyages; Vicious and vivacious, Where they went how and why.
- Norway and Scandinavia is the home land of the Vikings, but why did they leave to go a Viking? and where did they go?

• The Northern lights; dancing maidens or Warring giants.
- This spectacular natural phenomenon, scientific facts or Norse mythology?

Bounteous Norway; flora and fauna .
Norway has and wide variation of habitat and climate. The flowers and animals have adapted to the harsh and variable conditions.
They are amazing in their adaptability to survive is some extreme conditions.

Dynamic Norway; culture and history.
- In the rugged landscape and dramatic fjords, an inimitable and distinctive way of life has developed.
The Norwegians embrace their natural environment and there is a rich culture to explore.

Mediterranean topics

• Art in the city, Barcelona and Antoni Gaudi.
• Magic of Monte Carlo, Is it all casinos and racing cars?
• Hidden treasures of Rome, not just St Peters and the Coliseum but other lanes and back streets of Rome
• Landscapes of the Amalfi coast, from the back streets of Naples and Pompeii to the island of Capri. The romance of Italy.
• Knowledgeable and seafaring peoples. The Greek islands and Athens
• Merchants of Venice. A carnival city, Glittering palaces and torrid trades
• Merchant, explorer, and writer, who was Marco Polo?
• Olympian sagas, the mythology of Greece and Rome

• Jerusalem: the living city from biblical times. A high Place in the Wilderness
• Israel; a country of contrasts. from the hill fortress of Masada to the modern city of Tel Aviv.
• Ephesus; underneath the surface.

North Atlantic and the New World
• Glorious Greenland – Flora and fauna, and history.
• Volcanoes in the Sea – Geology of North Atlantic.
• Noble Savages - Inuit and Eskimos – The indigenous peoples of North America.
• Wondrous Landscapes – The east coast of Canada and Newfoundland .
• Voyages of discovery to the New World – John Cabot and Captain Cook
• Life on the Canadian Edge – Struggles of a New Nation.
• Archaeology of the Northern Islands – Shetlands and Faro

British Natural History and Culture

Ireland as a whole. From the Blarney stone to Belfast, from leprechauns to Limerick
From Highlands and Islands to Royal Miles and Princess Streets; there’s always a festival to celebrate, with of course Whisky in the Jar

• The New Forest - medieval hunting Forest from 1066 to 2016.
• Ancient circles and mystical mounds - Stonehenge to the Ring of Brodga
• Droves –our accident lanes and roads. What tales they can tell!
• Ringing the Changes – A heavy metal band; tales from the bell tower; church bell ringing.
• Through a Window Brightly- Stained Glass history - tailored to season/ destination.
• Country Lanes – Fact and Fiction of Trees and Flowers – tailored to the seasons.
• Myth and Magic of Water Meadows; History of water meadows in Wessex.
• The Art of the Drowner; Ecology of water meadows.
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
Oriana. P&O -British Isles - June 11 -23rd 2018 - Lectures on history and destinations and escorting tours

Viking Sun - SU180519 Viking Homelands - Bergen to Stockholm - May 19 to June 1st 2018 - Lectures on history and destinations and escorting tours.

Celebrity Silhouette - Israel and the Mediterranean Cruise - 29th September 2017 - Lectures on history, culture and religious sites well received by all faiths.

Celebrity Eclipse - Scandinavian and Russian Cruise Southampton - 13th - 30th July 2017- Destination lectures and escorting tours

Celebrity Eclipse - Treasures of the Baltic Southampton -14th August 2016. Destination lectures and escorting tours

Magellan - Beautiful Norway - June 2015

Marco Polo - Fjordland Splendour - July 2014
RECENT PAST CRUISES COMPLETED
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Oriana X809 British Isles Cruise 12 Southampton Monday, June 11, 2018
Viking Sun SU180519 Viking Homelands 14 Bergen Saturday, May 19, 2018