I specialise in giving illustrated talks to Clubs, Guilds, Groups, Schools/Colleges and Institutes based on my career and published books, presently as follows:
I find that a talk with pictures of around 45 minutes normally works well (but this can be varied and tailored), followed by, say, 15 to 20 minutes of questions and discussion.
Whenever requested, I can readily cover my own approach to writing books, with many positive suggestions and ideas for prospective authors.
A sample testimonial following a talk I gave to the Royal British Legion in Royal Hospital Chelsea read as follows: "Your inimitable and intriguing style completely captured your audience". And after speaking at New Horizons, London the letter of appreciation said "...today's talk kept the students enthralled...". Again, from the London Lecture Club: "Thank you so much for your lovely presentation."
I am based in London (Battersea) and am happy to travel to all parts of the country (and abroad), and really enjoy these engagements. Consequently, a donation to charity is welcomed in lieu of fees; talks for charitable organisations are without charge. Amongst my radio broadcasts have been 'First Person' following the Gulf War, and Midweek with Libby Purves.
I joined the Royal Navy at 16, and for the next 35 years served worldwide in frigates, a guided missile destroyer, a commando carrier and in HM Yacht Britannia. Onshore I served in Malaya, Malta, at the British High Commission in Canada, and in Libya, commanding naval establishments in Gibraltar and in Oman. My humanitarian aid career took me to Tanzania, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Northern Bangladesh, Nagorno Karabagh, Armenia, Croatia, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somaliland, Belize and post-genocide Goma.
And now I have time share my experiences and to write further books (including for children, and a literary fiction allegorical rain forest romance, 'a love letter to Amazonia' which has just been published and is receiving oustanding reviews). Recent talks I gave on 'Afghanistan' were at the Stoll Foundation (Veterans' Housing) and at New Horizons, Chelsea; my talk on 'Travels in the Amazon Rain Forest' at the London Lecture Club was given to a full house and highly appreciative audience, likewise to the British Legion at Royal Hospital Chelsea and to Wanstead Ladies' Club.
Through my website please: www.johnlanebooks.com. Or directly on my landline 020.7627.4944 (do use the answer phone if I am not immediately available and I will get back to you asap).
My books relating directly to my talks and my children's books are as follows: