Talks by Martin Lloyd

Writer and speaker

Martin Lloyd is an experienced and popular speaker. He travels throughout the country giving talks to all kinds of groups and associations and is very much in demand.

If you wish to discuss fees and possible dates, contact him now.

Please note:

A talk with Powerpoint slides requires you to provide a projection screen, a digital projector and connections to a PC laptop running Powerpoint 2010 software.

Read below what Martin Lloyd says about his talks. 


Becoming a Famous Author
How I got my first book published

In a step by step exposé of what you have to do and why you have to do it,
you will learn the truth about writers, publishers and bookshops
as seen by the novice author.

(A humorous talk without slides.)

"very amusing and highly entertaining"
– Princes Risborough U3A 

"a feather in my cap to have booked such an interesting speaker"
Shenfield U3A 

"We all thought your talk was brilliant, you did so well to hold the audience for
forty minutes without slides or Powerpoint..."
Chelmsford & District National Trust Group.

 

Passports, Assassins, Traitors and Spies
Passport stories from history

Thrill to a dramatic account of how the actions of a group of assassins brought about a change in the passport regulations; how the unmasking of a spy
caused a modification in passport design and how, for one man,
the passport itself turned into a killer.

(A dramatic talk without slides.)
 

"Your presentation was dramatic, full of historic detail and delivered with your strong,
clear voice... a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon." –
 Basildon & Billericay U3A.

"very impressed at your abiity to talk for an hour without any visual aids or prompts."
Paddock Wood U3A

"your clarity of mind and expression were exemplary."
Shenfield U3A 

"You are indeed a natural storyteller and brought to life the characters..."
Bexley U3A 

 

 
 
 

Without Let or Hindrance
The story of passports

Do you see your passport as a necessary nuisance or perhaps an obsolete facility? What do you know of its history? Travel through the centuries to learn
how passports went from copperplate and wax seal to digital photograph and plastic cover. Reflect upon the lives of those travellers stranded in wartime
or merely off on a jaunt. They, all of them, hoped that their travels would be achieved without let or hindrance.

(A talk with Powerpoint slides.)

 

Please note: I am an accredited NADFAS lecturer and the lectures below are only available for Decorative and Fine Arts Societies of the said organisation. 


Secret Art in the Passport

How we use it to fox the forger

Using illustrations from my collection of historic passports I show you how passport design developed from the handwritten paper to the technically complex document we use today and how art and artisanship has played an important yet secret part in this longstanding desire to confound the forger.

Once you have seen how the forgers have responded to the challenge of secret safeguards, you will never look at your passport in the same light again.

(A lecture with Powerpoint slides.)

Fuego, Humo y Hierro 
Spanish artists and the iron industry of Bilbao

Bilbao in Spain has been producing iron for centuries, drawing in workers from all over the country. Its rapid industrialisation in the nineteenth century was helped in no llittle measure by British capital and entrepreneurship. Ships carried Welsh coal to Spain and brought back Spanish pig-iron for the steelworks of South Wales. By 1985, it was all over. But the rise, heyday and demise of the Bilbaoan iron industry has been forever fixed in oils, water colours and bronze.

In this lecture I first show how iron is made into steel; I illustrate the machinery involved and explain the processes used. I then introduce you to the evocative paintings which have recorded this industry in its various stages and you are
then able to understand what you are looking at and
recognise the activity depicted. 

(A lecture with Powerpoint slides)