Cruise Ship Speakers

Literature
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Jennifer Hastings Caithness
Social History & Destinations
British Social History & Literature
Coming from: Reading,  Berkshire  UK
Jenny is a museum and heritage site specialist, and social historian, who greatly enjoys delivering both enrichment and destination talks on cruise ships. Born in the Bahamas and brought up in England, Jenny lived and worked in Sydney, Australia, for five years after graduating from Southampton University. She presents an extensive range of talks on British social history and literature and on destinations in Europe and the United Kingdom.

Karin Fernald
Actor & Social Historian of l8th & l9th Centuries
Specializing in Letters & Diaries
Coming from: London,    UK
Karin is an actor, writer and speaker, who researches and creates a vivid picture of a character and a historical period. She is a NADFAS speaker and is known for her entertaining lectures on writers and diarists from the late 18th and early mid 19th centuries, mostly connected with the arts. Extensive research into diaries and letters bring subjects to life. Lectures are illustrated by slides of contemporary pictures and portraits from a wide variety of sources.

Judy Karbritz
Humorous Trivia and Fascinating Facts
Coming from: Edgware,  Middlesex  UK
Judy is a humorous and entertaining speaker on a wide variety of subjects ranging from the lives of famous writers and poets, the truth behind Hollywood westerns and to what life was really like as a pirate. She brings great enthusiasm to her talks using her experience in film, TV and radio broadcasting as well as fringe theatre and her numerous personal performances. Judy writes and performs her own poetry, mostly comical, on subjects that passengers can relate to.

Terry Keefe
Sea Mysteries and Mystery Fiction
BA, MA,
Coming from: Sheffield,  South Yorkshire  UK
Professor Terry Keefe's academic career at Leicester and Lancaster universities saw him publish books and articles on French literature and philosophy. After early retirement, he expanded a long-standing interest in Mysteries and Mystery Novels. Since then he has extended his range into Sea Mysteries, with particular reference to the Titanic disaster. On many occasions, he has thoroughly enjoyed giving cruise talks on these topics - sometimes related to particular itineraries - for Voyages of Discovery, P&O, and Fred Olsen, lecturing on two Mystery Cruises.

Priscilla Morris
Theatre & Literature
LGSM LLCM LLAM(Hons) ALAM PGCA MSTSD
Coming from: Hinckley,  Leicestershire  UK
Priscilla originally trained as a professional actress and holds Equity membership. Her life to date has been an exciting mix of coaching and performing. She ran her own speech & drama school for 40 years, has examined performance and communication subjects worldwide for LAMDA for 30 years and judges Public Speaking and Acting Festivals internationally. During her life she has acted in and directed over 40 theatrical productions and loves the challenge presented by each new audience. She speaks about her favourite literary and theatrical characters.

Colin Pinney
Literature and Romance
Coming from: London,    UK
Colin has played in Shakespeare, Shaw and Aldwych farce and has directed plays both in the UK and in America. He has been a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company, and his television appearances include Jeeves and Wooster, The Brittas Empire and The Bill. He founded Marchurst Productions, creating shows which brought to life characters of History, Literature and Romance. He speaks on Kipling's Life and Verse, on Pepys and the Playhouse, on Patrick, father of the Brontes and on Dylan Thomas.

Stephen Prickett
Art History & Literature
Coming from: Charing, near Ashford,  Kent  UK
Stephen has an MA and PhD from Cambridge, and has taught and lectured all over the world. An Honorary Professor at the University of Kent, he was previously Director of the Armstrong Browning Library, at Baylor University, in Texas, and before that Regius Professor of English at Glasgow University. He has also taught in Nigeria, at the University of Sussex, and held the chair of English at the Australian National University in Canberra. Though his main enthusiasm is Romantic and Victorian literature, especially the borderlands of poetry and theology, given the slightest opportunity he produces and directs Shakespeare plays which he has done on three continents.

Professor David Purdie
History, Philosophy, Literature & Humour
English & Scottish Literature, History and Philosophy
Coming from: Edinburgh,  Midlothian  UK
David is a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Edinburgh where he specialises in English (and Scottish) Literature; British History; and Philosophy. He has a particular interest in the literature and history of the Enlightenment. As a speech-writer and editor, he advises Members of the House of Commons and individuals in public life. He also writes the humorous column for the magazine Golf International.

Charles W. Sullivan III
Scandinavian & British Mythology & Culture
Coming from: Floyd,  VA  USA
Emeritus Professor of English, Dr. C.W. Sullivan III is retired from the English Department at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, USA. Among his honors there, he was named Distinguished Research Professor of Arts and Sciences at ECU, ECU Board of Trustees Distinguished Research Professor of English, and UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching. He is also a Full Member of the Welsh Academy for his contributions to the study of medieval Welsh Celtic myth and literature, a past president of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, and the former editor of the ejournal, Celtic Cultural Studies.

Jane Tapley
NADFAS Lecturer & Author
Special Events Organiser @ Theatre Royal Bath, Blue Badge Guide
Coming from: Bath,  Bath & N E Somerset  UK
Jane is a Special Events Organiser at the Theatre Royal Bath who frequently interviews actors, writers and directors such as John Major, Alec Guinness, Terry Waite, June Whitfield and Peter O'Toole to name a few. She is also a Blue Badge Tour Guide and long established NADFAS lecturer getting repeated invitations to return in UK, Europe and Australia. Her cruise lectures cover social history, theatre and literature.

William Whobrey
Historian
PhD Medieval and German Studies
Coming from: Monterey,  California  USA
With over 20 years experience in ocean and river cruise lecturing, Bill Whobrey has brought to cruise guests the same expertise, enthusiasm, and dedication that have served his students at Yale and Stanford universities. Having grown up in Germany, his early interest in history, language, and literature propelled him to a PhD in Medieval and German Studies from Stanford University. Bill spent 25 years teaching and lecturing on topics ranging from medieval epics, Icelandic sagas, Viking history, to medieval manuscripts and books. With his engaging speaking style, lively presentations, and insightful commentary, Bill has enriched the experience of many cruise guests over many years.