Norah James was my grandfather’s first cousin. She was a prolific and successful author of romantic fiction from the 1930s through to the 1970s, but in 1929 her first novel, Sleeveless Errand, was banned under the Obscene Publications Act.
I tell the story of how Norah went from being a well-brought-up young lady from a respectable family, to making headline news in an obscenity trial, and how ideas of what is and is not acceptable have changed over the years.
The talk is accompanied by two of my original songs, and illustrated by a slideshow, which will need a screen or suitable blank wall.Views: 262 | Enquiries: 1
ABOUT MIRANDA PENDER
Who Am I?
I'm a singer and songwriter who presents entertaining talks based around songs that I’ve written. Raunchy, romantic, heartbreaking, humorous, my subjects range from pretentious garden designers to a 16-year-old boy killed at the Battle of the Somme; from the hero on a cereal packet to that awkward situation where you discover your lover's name sewn into the back of his underpants.....
I’ve been presenting my musical talks since 2016, and they’re guaranteed to add a bit of fun to your club meeting or event. Even my darker topics have a humorous edge.
Typical comments include: It was so nice to be able to hear all the words you were singing, and We really enjoyed something that was a little bit different.
Where And When Do I Perform?
I live in Sherborne, Dorset, and am normally prepared to travel throughout Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. Please contact me to discuss the options for bookings further afield.
From March to October I am available mornings, afternoons and evenings; November to February, daytime only. I will always consider a short-notice booking to cover a cancellation.
The standard talks are 45 minutes plus time for questions at the end, but I can make adjustments to suit your requirements.
What About Equipment?
I play an acoustic guitar, unplugged in small venues, or through an amplifier and with a microphone for larger ones. I can supply the electrical equipment, which is PAT tested, and I hold Public Liability Insurance.
Three of my talks are illustrated, for which I can use my own projector, but the venue will need to supply a screen or suitable blank wall.
Why Choose Me?
At £40 per talk + £0.40/mile for travel, my rates are very competitive. You can listen to my songs on Spotify and watch me perform on YouTube - search for Miranda Pender – or find out more on my website: www.mirandapender.com.
If you need any further encouragement, just read the following testimonials!
Everyone enjoyed it so much because it was very different from our usual talks. Salisbury Ladies' Probus Club
Thank you for bringing so much joy to our members yesterday. This was quite a departure from our usual talks and obviously much enjoyed.
Parkstone Probus Club
It was a pleasure to welcome you to our WI, and great to have something so different on our programme.
Gillingham Evening WI
Wow did my ladies enjoy your performance today, you were absolutely great. If only all my speakers could be half as good!
Harbour Ladies Luncheon Club
Everyone enjoyed your songs and left with a smile. FIL Group, Fovant
What a wonderfully inspirational talk with songs.....you will be highly recommended. The Orchards & Margaret Marsh WI
Thank you very much for your session today - we all enjoyed it and I have had some lovely feedback. Lyme Regis U3A
Such an enjoyable and entertaining evening. Castle Hedingham Women’s Group
Very many thanks for a delightful afternoon. Lea Valley U3A
Humorous and warm.
We all really enjoyed the diversity of your material. After Eight Ladies’ Group, Ware
It was nice to have something a little bit different from our normal speakers! The 95 Club, Sudbury
Thank you again for the delightful evening. Woodditton & Saxon Street WI
Your songs are so delightful and enjoyable. Hartford Hundred Probus Ladies Club
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