I will be giving an author talk this coming Saturday at Portsmouth Central Library (12 May 2012) as part of Adult Learning Week. Starting at 1.30pm I will be talking about my recent book ‘Portsmouth’s World War Two Heroes’, and giving an insight into how it was researched and written.
David Percival, library service learning and engagement manager, said:
‘We’re delighted to welcome James Daly to the Central Library, for what we are sure will be a fascinating afternoon. There is a huge amount of interest in the city’s local history, so this will be a great way for residents to discover Portsmouth’s personal war stories. This author talk is part of packed programme of events to mark Adult Learners Week in our libraries.’
Tickets are free with a valid Portsmouth Library Service card and £2 for non-members. Please note that library membership is free, so this would be a great chance to join up when coming in for your ticket. To book tickets or for more information, call in to your local Portsmouth library, or email email@example.com.
I will also have a LIMITED number of books available for you to buy on the day, signed of course!
I’m going to be a studio guest on the Sasha Twining Show on BBC Radio Solent this Saturday morning, between 8 and 9am – an early wake up for me! I will be talking about my book ‘Portsmouth’s World War Two Heroes’, the Falklands War and myself. If you can prize yourself out of bed so early at the weekend feel free to listen, or if not it will be on iplayer for a short time after the show.
I also have a couple of new talks booked.
On Saturday 12th May I will be giving a talk at Portsmouth Central Library, as part of Adult Learning Week. I will have books available for sale, and I will be happy to sign them of course.
And… on Monday 28th May I will be giving a talk on a Brittany Ferry from Portsmouth heading to France, and then another one on the return journey!
Has anyone else given a talk outside of territorial waters?!
Today sees the launch of a brand new community history website for Portsmouth, A Tale of One City – rather wittily named to coincide with the bicentenary of Charles Dickens. Click the link below to take a look:
A Tale of One City
It’s a great way to not only find out about people, places, topics and facts about Portsmouth, but it is also very much YOUR website – you can contribute your own stories and your own pictures. This is something I’m really excited about – there has been a lot written about the history of Portsmouth, but this is a great opportunity for the people of Portsmouth themselves to write THEIR history, from their perspective. There’s also a forum to get involved with too.
See you there!
Next Thursday I’m kicking off the ‘Portsmouth World War Two Heroes’ tour with a home gig.
I’m going to be speaking about my book at the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth on Thursday 16 February, at 7.30pm. The talk is organised by the Portsmouth Museums and Records Society, and is £1 for members and £2 for guests.
Hope to see you there!
Just a little reminded that I will be speaking at the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth this coming Remembrance Sunday.
The Museum is open from 10am. I will be speaking at 12noon and 2pm, giving a short talk on my forthcoming book, ‘Portsmouth’s World War Two Heroes’. Entry to the Museum is free all day, and there is no need to book.
I’m just putting the finishing touches to my notes. If you come down, feel free to say hello and ask me anything you like!
I had the pleasure today of giving a lecture to the Portsmouth University of the 3rd Age Local History Group.
This was the first outing for my ‘what my family did during the war’ talk, and apart from a few technical glitches everything went very well. As usual they were very surprised to see someone my age turn up!
I was interested to meet a gentleman who served with the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment in the closing stages of Market Garden, another chap who served in the Royal Artillery and one lady who lost two brothers in the war in an air crash.
Sometimes when you spend a long time researching something you can get quite blase about it, and its only when you tell other people about it, and you can hear the gasps and sense the reactions that you realise how incredible some stories are. Thats one of the reasons I find going out and giving talks a great reality check.
My next talk is at the D-Day Museum in Southsea on Thursday 18 February, kick off at 7.30pm. Its primarily for members of the Portsmouth Museums and Records Society, although guests are welcome at £2 each!
Or alternatively if anyone would like to book me to give a talk, or knows of a group that might like to have me, feel free to get in touch!
I’m happy to announce that I will be giving a lecture at the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth on Thursday 18 February 2010.
Organised by the Portsmouth Museum and Records Society, the titles is ‘what my family did during the war: the perspective of a young person’, and looks at my research into my Grandfather who was an Arnhem veteran, and my great-uncle who died serving in the Royal Navy.
Contact me for more details!
I’ve recently confirmed two talks for my 2010 ‘what my family did during the war’ tour, on the 26 January for the University of the 3rd Age Portsmouth Local History Group, and on 27 April for the Waltham Chase Branch of the Hampshire Genealogy Society.
The talk will be based on my research into the war time experiences of two of my ancestors. My Grandfather, Private Henry Miller, served in the Parachute Regiment at Arnhem, and my great-uncle Leading Stoker Thomas Daly served in the Royal Navy. As well as telling their stories, I will be talking about how I found out about them, and my thoughts as a young person.
I am also in talks with a number of other groups and venues locally and nationally, watch this space for news as soon as they are confirmed – you’ll see it here first!