Cruise Ship Speakers

Creative Writing
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Brad Ashton
TV Comedy & Scriptwriter
Coming from: London,    UK
Brad Ashton’s career as an international comedy scriptwriter spans half a century during which he has written top TV comedy shows for eleven different countries. For eight years Brad ran a Comedy Writing School training two hundred would-be writers. Brad is also the author of four best-selling books on comedy. As an accomplished entertaining after-dinner-speaker Brad regularly gives talks to many organisations and up till now he has been a Guest Enrichment Lecturer on 62 cruises.

Ying Chang Compestine
Author, Speaker, Expert on Cuisine, and Culture
Coming from: Lafayette,  California  USA
A leading national authority on Asian culture and cuisine, award-winning author, and former food editor for Martha Stewart's Whole Living magazine, Ying Chang Compestine is the multi-talented author of 20 books including fiction, picture books, and five cookbooks. Her middle grade novel, Revolution is Not a Dinner Party, has won numerous awards, and her picture book, Crouching Tiger, won the Panda Book Award in China and the Morning Calm Award in South Korea.

Marion Field
Creative Writing Expert
BA, ADB, ALAM
Coming from: Woking,  Surrey  UK
Marion trained as a teacher, took an Open University Degree and finished her teaching career early as a Head of English. She has had many articles published in a variety of magazines and has written a number of books which have also been published. She is a Member of the Society of Women Writers and Jounalists and is happy talking to a variety of groups of all ages about her writing career as well as running creative writing workshops.

Jean Fullerton
Social History & Creative Writing
MSc
Coming from: Bedford,  Bedfordshire  UK
Jean was born and raised within the sound of Bow Bell’s in East London where her family have been for almost two hundred years. She has spent most of her working life as a nurse in the East End of London, first as a Sister in charge of a team, and then as a District Nurse tutor. She started writing ten years ago and enjoys all eras of history but is fascinated by the 18th and 19th century and many of her books have been set in this period.

Ann Gawthorpe
Writer & Journalist
How to write your life story.
Coming from: Bristol,  Somerset  UK
Ann is enthusiastic about helping people write their life story. Based on her book ‘How to write your Life Story and get it Published’, she has helped hundreds of people to preserve their memories for future generations through talks, workshops and courses as well as book sales.

Hilary Green
Author & Teacher of Creative Writing
Coming from: Barnston,  Wirral  UK
Hilary trained for the stage, but then decided to go into teaching. She has spent the greater part of her life teaching drama and theatre studies in a variety of schools, from a girl’s boarding school in Kent to Comprehensives in London and on the Wirral. She writes historical fiction set during World War l and World War ll. Hilary is an experienced public speaker and gives talks about "how to write fiction" and about her books.

Simon Hall
Crime Writing & Creative Writing
Teacher of Creative Writing
Coming from: Exeter,  Cornwall  UK
Simon Hall reports on real life crimes whilst creating imaginary ones of his own. His day job is as a BBC TV and radio Home Affairs and Crime Correspondent, but he’s also an author of detective fiction. Alongside his novels, Simon is a tutor in creative writing, teaching at popular writers’ schools in Britain and overseas. Simon has also become sought after as a speaker, appearing at a variety of prestigious literary festivals. His talks combine an insight into his writing work, along with some extraordinary anecdotes from the life of a television reporter.

Steve Harvey
Adventurer and Poet
Coming from: Edinburgh,  Scotland  UK
Steve’s been an English teacher, youth worker, police officer, volunteer teacher in Iraq, lecturer in Modern Poetry at Suleimaniyah University, and Safety & Security Officer for an NGO in South Sudan. He's run creative writing courses in Normandy and had poems published in the UK, Ireland, France and Iraq, and his memoirs, Between Dreams: Difficult Paths & Dangerous Places, were launched in November 2016. The Irish writer, Eoin Colfer, called it, 'A memoir that reads like a swashbuckling novel', and of Steve's poems Scottish poet, Liz Lochhead, said that some 'will break your heart... some will make you laugh out loud.'

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.

Graham Sclater
Creative Writing
Author & Screenwriter - Phoenix Art Centre
Coming from: Exeter,  Devon  UK
Graham studied at the Phoenix Arts Centre in Exeter, where he concentrated on creative writing for the screen and TV. His key interests are teleplays, and screenplays as well as developing and writing original drama series’ for TV including “Pebble on the beach” set on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, “The Other Side of the Tracks” and “Yesterday man” a psychological thriller. He appears regularly on the BBC and other radio stations around the UK and Europe on specialist music programmes. Graham frequently does book readings around the UK and this has now been extended to delivering Creative Writing Courses to guests on cruise ships.

Peter Stuart Smith
Destination, Port & Enrichment Lecturer
Coming from: Sevenoaks,  Kent  UK
Peter has primarily a technical and military background. Early in his career he joined the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm as a helicopter pilot. Following basic flying training, he was forced by a detached retina to transfer to the Air Traffic Control branch and served both at Royal Naval air stations and Royal Air Force area radar units. After leaving the RN, he moved with his wife Sally to the Principality of Andorra, in the eastern Pyrenees. Since 2003 he has worked as a full-time author. He’s also a very experienced destination and enrichment speaker for many of the cruise lines.