Since 2007 I have given many talks to local history groups, book festivals, embroidery and textile groups, etc throughout Scotland on Prestonpans Mural Trail, The Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry and more recently Great Tapestry of Scotland and Scottish Diaspora Tapestry.

The vast majority of the following have been about The Great Tapestry of Scotland.


Edinburgh International Book Festival, Aye Write Book Festival Glasgow, Scottish Book Week 2013, Aberfeldy Watermill Bookshop, Blackwells Bookshop Edinburgh, Mainstreet Bookshop St Boswells, Saltire Society, Smith Gallery Stirling, Scottish Parliament, Birnam Arts Centre, Deeside and Aboyne Book Festival, Glasgow Society of Women Artists, Friends of The Brunton Theatre, St Columba Church Blackhall, NHS Retirement Fellowship, New Club Edinburgh, Friends of The City Arts Centre Edinburgh, Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival. Dundee Literary Festival, Nairn Book and Arts Festival, Linlithgow Book Festival, Scottish Quilters Guild, North Edinburgh Arts, Edinburgh Embroiderers' Guild, Montrose Embroidery Guild, Stirling Castle, Anchor Mill Paisley, New Lanark Heritage Centre, Ayr Townhall, Friends of Aberdeen Art Gallery, St Mary's Cathedral, Clan Napier. Museum nan Eilean Benbecula, Belfast Community Tapestry, Walton on Thames, Kirkcaldy Art Gallery, Islay Book Festival, Livingston Art Association, Probus Club Blackhall, Teeside Caledonian Society, Dyslexia week 2015, Marie Stuart Society, Hull University (Scots Diaspora in England), Age Scotland National Conference, Embroiderers' Guild Regional Scottish Exhibition Peebles, Verdant Works Dundee, Creative Ageing Aberdeen, Arts fund Aberdeen, Drymen ladies Lunch club, The Stitching and Quilting show SEC Glasgow 2017, North Berwick Art Group, Black Isle Antique Society, Paisley Philosophical Society, Glasgow Antiques and Fine Art Society , Kelso Probus, U3A Forth Valley, U3A Duns, U3A Edinburgh, etc.


Talks can be as myself or with stitchers or other members of community groups.

Cockburn Association 2020


This is a link to a Radio Saltire interview about The Three Harbours Arts Festival from May 2014


The following is an interview from 2010 in Belfast for World Community Arts Day