History and storytelling rolled into one! Jam-packed with factual details, this is a series of talks, in which David Allen takes you on a gripping journey through the world of plots, deadly poisons and the occasional chopped-up body; each story is meticulously researched using contemporaneous newspapers and law reports. Fascinating true stories and great fun!
Choose one talk from the following:
Blood Guts & Gore: SCANDAL BELOW STAIRS - This is a particularly blood-curdling tale, in which you will be introduced to an eccentric, cantankerous ex-teacher who hires a new servant…but is she too good to be true? Gripping stuff!
Blood Guts & Gore: NO GOOD WILL COME OF IT - In this story, you'll meet the frightful and appalling murderer whose wicked crime led to the creation of the iconic detective department of Scotland Yard...and it all began with a pair of stolen trousers!
London based, and with over 10 years’ experience speaking to U3A’s, Rotary Clubs, Townswomens’ Guilds, WI’s, Probus, 41 Clubs and various local societies all over the south east, David Allen is a popular public speaker with a fascination for Victorian history and the Golden Age of Hollywood, who is the perfect combination of being both hugely knowledgeable and a very skilled and entertaining storyteller.
Funny, light hearted, but meticulously well researched, his talks are both fun and thought-provoking, and are either taken from his own life experience in his professional life as a solicitor & professional storyteller or are based on hours, days and weeks of tireless historical research, trawling through the archives and records dating back to the 1800s
SAMPLE AUDIENCE FEEDBACK ABOUT DAVID ALLEN
‘Not only was it lovely to meet you, ‘Blood, Guts & Gore’ was 50 minutes of sheer entertainment as well. After you had left so many of the members were saying what a marvellous afternoon it had been. You will be much remembered and of course, I have had many requests for a return visit.' Margaret R - Blackwater Valley U3A
'Thank you so much for your talk yesterday – everyone really enjoyed it! You transported us to Victorian Britain where we could experience the sights and sounds of life back then. I liked the way you took us, step by step, on the journey of the two lady poisoners – it was like being a witness to the event. Thanks once again for an informative, entertaining, and spell-binding afternoon!' Andrew R - Sturminster Newton U3A
'What a wonderful talk! What a lot of knowledge you shared about the great writer, Charles Dickens. It was so interesting, your enthusiasm was infectious and we loved the extracts from some of his works.' Gill - Milford-On-Sea U3A
'Our best speaker yet – David Allen finds exactly the right balance between fascinating fact and light-hearted silliness! ' Brenda L – U3A
'Really super entertainment. David Allen is a master in his field and the audience were held spellbound. A wonderful afternoon out.' Gladys D - U3A Bromley
'Really fascinating and very well researched. We all enjoyed it immensely! We will definitely book you again!' Sheila L - Stanmore JACS
'Thank you so much for your entertaining presentation last Thursday night. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening for us all. Some are still talking about it. I quote, ‘Wasn't he brilliant!’ ' Gail B - Claygate Village WI
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