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EXPERTISE
Author / Writer
Extraordinary Lives & Famous People
History - Maritime
Unusual & Interesting - Check them Out!
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE WITH:
BIOGRAPHY
Michael Turner from Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, England began teaching physical education and geography to secondary school students in 1982. During the holidays, he continued backpacking and hitch-hiking in 83 countries taking photographs to enhance his lessons. In 1984 whilst writing two illustrated slide packs on human rights, Michael spent two hours with Mother Teresa in Calcutta. In 1990 Michael was the first tourist in the world to meet Nelson Mandela after his release from prison and was photographed with him by a national newspaper.

His other reason for adventurous travel is to be the only person in the world to photograph the life and voyages of Sir Francis Drake. From 1980, this has taken him to 46 countries; which makes his illustrated talks unique. Michael has lectured to the Royal Geographical Society, London, the Old Bodleian Library, Oxford and to the Ashridge Circle, Eastbourne - Britain's largest lecturing group. Michael appeared on television and radio documentaries for the BBC and History Channel.

To mark the 400th anniversary of Drake's death in 1996, Michael co-presented a TV documentary in Spanish from near where Drake is buried in Panama. Consequently, Michael received a Rolex Award for enterprise. Television producers and publishers consult him for script refinement.

Michael is the author of four topographical biographies and a children's activities book. Other authors quote his sterling and inimitable approach to perpetuating the memory of Sir Francis Drake. Features about his adventurous fieldwork have appeared in regional, national and foreign print media. Michael's talks are factually very accurate and quite detailed but laced with entertaining anecdotes, that include his dangerous adventures such as being boat-wrecked, violent muggings, being robbed and unjustified jailings. The slides often depict very isolated parts of the world, where the locals have stated that Michael was the first visitor since the missionaries.

Many cruise ships follow the wake of Sir Francis Drake hence, illustrated Drake talks are most topical.

Full details of Michael's discoveries can be studies at his website: www.indrakeswake.co.uk



TALKS
1. The Disastrous Hawkins and Drake Slave Trading Voyages to West Africa and the West Indies: 1566-68

2. Francis Drake's Privateering Voyages to the West Indies: Drake Robs the Mules Treasure Trains! 1570-73

3. Francis Drake Sails Around the World and Becomes Even Richer! 1577-80

4. Sir Francis Drake Raids and Rocks The Spanish Main. 1585-86

5. The Armada Years 1587-89: Sir Francis Drake Singes The King of Spain's Beard.

6. The Disastrous and Last Voyage of Drake and Hawkins to The West Indies

7. The Unknown Civic Life of Sir Francis Drake in England Part 1.1570-95

8. The Unknown Civic Life of Sir Francis Drake in England Part 2. 1570-95

Extra Topics:

9. The Life and Work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel [1806-59] Civil Engineer

10. International Development
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
24 nights aboard the Saga Sapphire, Feb-March 2017 from Acapulco to Bridgetown via the Panama canal.I gave six presentations.
RECENT PAST CRUISES COMPLETED
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Saga Sapphire SA313 Central American Discovery 66 Southampton Wednesday, January 11, 2017