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EXPERTISE
Author / Writer
Creative Writing
History - Classical
Travel & Destinations
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BIOGRAPHY
Judith’s passion for travel has inspired both her writing and her love of history and ancient civilizations.

She has travelled extensively throughout Europe, China, Indochina and Japan, Asia, India, Africa and Central and South America.

Judith is an award-winning crime novelist. She is the author of the Fiona Mason Mysteries following the exploits of Tour Manager, Fiona Mason each is set in a different European country – The Aunt Jessica Mysteries, Jessica is an historian acting as the lecturer on tour groups to more exotic destinations plus several stand-alone psychological thrillers.

An ex-headteacher, she taught geography for many years.

Judith is an experienced speaker and in addition to writing her novels, she now works part time teaching Tai Chi and lecturing. In addition to her talks, Judith has led book clubs and has run standalone workshops on board for those who would like to try writing.

For more details about Judith and her work see her website by clicking here >> www.judithcranswick.co.uk


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PRESENTATIONS & WORKSHOPS
ANCIENT WORLD
All talks are specifically designed for each cruise.

Mediterranean Europe
• Trade and Conquest in the Mediterranean
• The Greek world and the spread of Civilisation
• The power of Rome
• The rise of The Byzantine empire
• The expansions of Islam
• The Moors in Spain
• Venice rules the waves
• Sicily at the cross roads of trade
• The Barbary Pirates

Western Europe
• Lisbon and the Age of Discovery
• Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela
• Charlemagne and his empire

Japan, China and the Far East
• Japan – Ancient Capitals and the early emperors
• Japan – the Age of the Shoguns
• Ancient versus modern – the contradiction that is Japan
• China and the first emperor
• China’s great dynasties
• Vietnam and the Cham dynasty
• The ancient Khmer and Cambodia

WRITING TALKS
1. Inspired by Travel
2. Murder on My Mind – Confessions of a Crime Novelist
3. Establishing a Life of Crime – Research and the Crime Writer
4. The Crime Scene – Importance of location
5. Living with Murders and Psychopaths – Creating Characters
6. Let’s Commit Murder – Plotting a Crime Novel
7. The Mystery novel and A History of Crime Writing
8. I Remember… A Trip Down Memory Lane

WRITING WORKSHOPS
1. What Happens Next? – Using pictures to find story ideas
2. People Make Stories - Bringing characters to life
3. Look Who’s Talking – Have fun with dialogue
4. Where Are We? – A sense of place
5. Let’s Write a Story – The main ingredients
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
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RECENT PAST CRUISES COMPLETED
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Viking Sun SU181115 Mediterranean Odyssey 12 Venice Thursday, November 15, 2018
Viking Sun SU181108 Venice, the Adriatic & Greece 7 Piraeus (Athens) Thursday, November 8, 2018