Dartmoor in the early 1970s may have seemed like a picture-postcard town, but all sorts of dramas played out underneath the calm. This I discovered when I was transplanted from suburban Wimbledon to deeply rural Tavistock, where I served as an indentured trainee reporter on the local newspaper.
My talk reveals where I was threatened with being impaled on top of the Maypole, how the churchwardens managed to keep their sheep rustling quiet, and why the asssistant postmaster refused to say whether he enjoyed his job. I also explain how these and other events turned me from a callow sociology graduate into a fully fledged reporter heading for Fleet Street.
And in these days of 24-hour coverage and 'fake news', there are some interesting lessons to draw . . .
'Tim's talk at the Tavistock Wharf was a spirited and evocative account of his years as an apprentice reporter... It brought to life the characters he met and their eccentricities'
- Dr Ann Pulsford, talks organiser.
Timing: The talk normally runs for about 40 minutes
Speaker’s details: I was a journalist on national and medical newspapers and magazines, and after that ran a business teaching written communication skills to health professionals. I have written four books on medical writing and a memoir. I am an experienced public speaker and former chairman of Mole Valley Speakers Club.
Standard fee: £50