Public Talks, Interviews, and Current Goings-on

I love talking about polar exploration, a life spent working in the archives, and of course all things Royal Navy! I have worked with elementary school groups, lifelong learning groups, and book clubs, and I tailor presentations and conversations to meet your needs and interests. If you want to chat about possibilities for your own group, please get in touch

Some of my 2020 readings and presentations are now rescheduled!

Join me for a zoom presentation with Kingston’s Marine Museum of the Great Lakes this Wednesday evening, 27 January at 7pm:

My talk at the Canadian Club is rescheduled for Wednesday, 11 February at 1pm; please get in touch with the Club to register.

Reading, Tamworth Book Shop, with Bruce Kauffman. Tamworth ON. 21 July 2019

“Writing Lady Franklin: History, Fiction, and the Lost Franklin Expedition.” Macaulay House, Picton ON. 13 July 2019

“Writing Lady Franklin: History, Fiction, and the Lost Franklin Expedition.” Kingston Frontenac Public Library Speaker Series. 8 June 2019

Interview with CBC Radio’s All in a Day. 2 January 2019

Guest Speaker, “Write What you Know (and how to know a lot).” A Treatise on Turning Archival Work into Fiction. ENE390: Creative Writing. Royal Military College of Canada, November 2018

Interview with Nick Walker, Canadian Geographic. November 2018

“The Penelope of England: Lady Franklin and the Search for the Lost Franklin Expedition.” Durham Lifelong Learning, November 2015

“Could You Be a Polar Explorer?” Workshop with Valerie Fisher’s Grade 1/2 class, R. Gordon Sinclair Elementary School, Kingston ON, 5 May 2015

Interview with Canada Down Under for the Franklin Discovery Series, Australian Speaking Tour sponsored by the Canadian High Commission February 2015

The Franklin Discovery Series. “The Penelope of England? Lady Franklin, the Lost Franklin Expedition, and Victorian England’s ‘Modern Odyssey’.” Public talks given at Lieutenant-Governor’s Mansion, Hobart; University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies; Australian National University (Canberra); and University of Sydney, Australia (video link from University of Sydney) 2015

“‘One of the bright objects that solace us in these regions’: Labour, Leisure, and the Arctic Shipboard Periodical, 1818-1852.” University of St Thomas Victorian Periodical Review Speaker Series, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 24 April 2014

“I trust I am not more wasteful of human life than are their Lordships: Lady Franklin and the Lost Franklin Expedition.” Kingston Later Life Learning, January 2014

“‘Clean to the core as an ice mountain’: Manufacturing the Hero in Nineteenth-century British Arctic Exploration Narrative.” RMC Colloquium in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Kingston ON, 16 November 2011

“Domestic Heroism: Lady Franklin, Bedford Place, and the Lost Franklin Expedition.” Penn Club Speaker Series, London, England, 8 June 2011

“Mapping a Beautiful Empire: The Aesthetics of Exploration in Nineteenth-century British Arctic Exploration Texts.” Department of Geography Graduate Programme, Queen’s University, Kingston ON, October 2004

“Teaching English and History as an Integrated Subject.” Jewish Board of Education, Toronto ON, February 2003