Helena Drysdale


Helena’s hugely popular talks have delighted audiences ranging from the Royal Geographical Society to schools, conferences, luncheon clubs, businesses and Women’s Institutes. She is equally comfortable with or without slides.

Many of the beautiful slides are taken by her husband, artist and photographer Richard Pomeroy. His photographs have been published in Vogue, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Observer, Wanderlust, and in books on cookery and travel.

Her talks are accompanied by music, most of it recorded on site:

  • Strangerland
  • Mother Tongues
  • Looking for George
  • Dancing with the Dead
  • Alone Through China and Tibet
  • Around the World in Forty Minutes
  • Helena is equally comfortable with or without slides. The illustrated talks, which usually last up to an hour, include a live commentary, together with stereo sound recordings.

    Fee: £300 plus travelling expenses


    Monday November 30th - Friday December 4th 2009 -Arvon. A four day mid-week course.
    'Writing from Life.' Residential course for writers of all levels, with Kate Clanchy, at The John Osborne Arvon Centre, The Hurst, Clunton, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 0JA. 'Journeys from Past to Present.' Using both written and visual prompts, this course will look at the whole scope of writing from experience. Workshops will focus on how to create a believable, engaging narrator, and explore openings, voice, place, dialogue, form and content, as well as how to avoid the pitfalls. Are there any subjects which are out of bounds? For further information contact Peter Salmon or Kerry Watson on 01588 640658 thehurst@arvonfoundation.org

    Friday February 26th - Sunday February 28nd 2010 - Skyros Weekend course.
    'Writing from Life.' Residential weekend workshops for writers of all levels at the beautiful seaside Grange, 9 Eastcliff Road, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, PO3 6AA. 'One of the best routes into writing - both fiction and non-fiction - is through our personal experiences and memories.' £75 for weekend. For further details contact Jenni Canakis at Skyros on 01983 867644 or visit www.thegrangebythesea.com

    Thursday March 4th 2010 - Festival workshop.
    Life Writing workshop at Bath Literary Festival for all levels of experience. Come and hear how Helena works with life and memory, and discover how you can do it too.11.15am-12.15pm. For further information contact Bath Festival Box Office at www.bathlitfest.org.uk.

    Sunday March 14th - Wednesday March 24th 2010 - Week's course.
    'Writing from Life.' Inspiring residential writing holiday at the Havana Writers' Lab in Havana, Cuba with Skyros-in-Cuba. This course is for writers of all levels and will look at the whole scope of writing from experience, using our own lives to create works of fiction or non-fiction. For further information call 01983 865566 or go to www.skyros.com

    Friday April 9th 2010 - Festival workshop.
    Writing from Life: Memoir and Autobiography - all you need to know. A workshop that will explore how to understand the market for true life stories; structure; looking, seeing, sensing: how to bring your writing to life; and the business end of things: agents, publishers and all that. The workshop is part of the Festival of Writing at the University of York 9-11 April. Contact Tommy at the Writers' Workshop on 0845 459 9560 or visit www.writersworkshop.com

    Sunday June 20 - Saturday July 3rd 2010- Skyros Two week course.
    Writing from Life: using our own memories and experiences as a route into writing, both fiction and non-fiction, poetry and prose. An inspiring writing holiday at the Skyros Writers' Lab on the beautiful island of Skyros in Greece. You can go for one week or two. Contact 01983 865566 or visit www.skyros.com

    Monday September 20th - Friday September 24th 2010 -Arvon four day mid-week course.
    'Creative Non-Fiction.' How much flesh can you put on the bones? Just how creative can you get with non-fiction? These are some of the issues we will be addressing, along with structure, description, dealing with mountains of research, and telling your tale as clearly and thoughtfully as possible. Are all good stories lies, or can they actually be both gripping and true? Residential course for writers of all levels, with Cole Moreton, at The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre at Lumb Bank, Heptonstall, Hebden Bridge, W. Yorks HX7 6DF 01422 843714 or contact lumbbank@arvonfoundation.org

    Saturday September 25th - Sunday October 10th 2010 - Ways with Words Two week course. Writing, reading and painting holiday in beautiful Villa Pia on the Tuscan/Umbrian border in Italy. Contact Kay Dunbar at Ways With Words on 01803 967373 www.wayswithwords.co.uk







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