Since 2007 I have given over 100 talks to local history groups, book festivals, embroidery and textile groups, etc throughout Scotland on community arts, tapestries and other projects.
Talks can be as myself or with stitchers or other members of community groups.
Podcast "Community Pioneers" with Chris Smith October 2021
Our Story, BBC Sounds
Cockburn Association 2020
How we helped the People Sing, the story of The Craigmillar Festival Society
AGE Conference, 2016, 47 minutes in
The talks have included
Blairgowrie book festival, 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, Leith Rotary, Sarcoma Patients Gathering, Oncology National Conference, Scottish public Health Conference, Social work conference Napier university/Edinburgh University, etc .