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: 92 | Enquiries: 0
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An entertaining mix of words and music, my talks tell the stories behind songs I’ve written. Raunchy, romantic, heartbreaking, humorous, the 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.....
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”. I am on the Speakers Lists for the Dorset and Wiltshire WIs.
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.
I play an acoustic guitar, unplugged in small venues, or through an amplifier and with a microphone for larger ones. I can supply all the equipment, which is PAT tested, and I hold Public Liability Insurance. The standard talks are 45 minutes plus time for questions at the end, but I can make adjustments to suit your requirements.
You can listen to several of my songs on Spotify and YouTube - just search for Miranda Pender.
I'm no longer accepting bookings specifically for Zoom talks - I find that performing to a little green dot on the computer rather sucks the joy out of the occasion! However, if you book me for a face-to-face talk (July 2021 onwards) and a resurgence of Covid-19 forces another lockdown, I will of course honour the booking and be prepared to give the talk by Zoom.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Here are some more of the comments I've received:
"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" - Springfield WI
“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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