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PUBLIC TALKS

Fran Sandham is giving talks and lectures across the UK and abroad. To book a
talk please use the ‘CONTACT' link above.


Below: Lecture at Deloitte and Touche, London
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 Above left: Lecturing aboard cruise ship MV Discovery, Seychelles
 Above right: Lecturing at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival 

 Below: Queen's Hall Theatre, Hexham
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   Hammersmith October Festival (above and left)
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   Below: Author talk at the Times
   Destinations Travel Show at Earls Court,
   London [photo: Richard Simpson]
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Testimonials about recent public talks and lectures:

'An excellent and entertaining speaker - people were very impressed. Fran grabbed the attention of our audience and left us with a unique and lasting impression of his travels across Africa.'
Norbert Wurm, DELOITTE AND TOUCHE, LONDON

'A fantastic adventure and inspirational story, told with great humour.'
Ian Chandler, THE OUTDOORS SHOW, LONDON EXCEL

'Fran Sandham has a superb discernment for the detail of what makes people listening to him be interested, amused and thoroughly entertained – an excellent talk and a great evening.'
John Lake, BARBICAN CENTRE, CITY OF LONDON

'What a brilliant talk! Fran is warm and witty and an all round entertaining speaker who captivated the audience with tales of his trek across Africa. Inspirational as well as informative and very, very amusing! A very successful and enjoyable event.'
Janette Fleming, HALTON BOROUGH COUNCIL

'Fran’s talk to the Society definitely "hit the spot" with all the members.'
Rod Allman, Lecture Secretary, MANCHESTER GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY

'Fran's talk for us at the Times London Destinations Travel Show at Earls Court was very entertaining and humorous. Fran is an engaging speaker who is full of energy – I highly recommend going to one of his talks.'
Karen Black, NAMIBIA TOURISM 

'Fran Sandham gave us a brilliant insight into the dangers, sights, and practical problems of completing a walk across Africa. His talk covered a lot, history, wildlife, issues with pack animals and so on, and his storytelling ability kept the audience of Year 11 students enthralled. A very enjoyable session.'
Trevor Allen, Head of Sixth Form, LEICESTER GRAMMAR SCHOOL

'Fran's talk was highly entertaining, extremely informative and kept our group fascinated throughout. I'd recommend him to anyone looking for an experienced and highly professional speaker.'
Rachael Thornton, WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA W.I.

‘A brilliant talk – Fran Sandham was amazing in his delivery of his story of trekking solo across Africa. All parents and students in the room were spellbound by the account of his adventures and I would have no hesitation in recommending Fran to other schools or organisations.'
Annie Hughes, Development Director, GORDON’S SCHOOL, SURREY

‘Fran gave a great, riveting lecture and the audience was spellbound. He is a wonderful communicator and really knows how to tell a story and hold everyone’s attention. There was not a sound in the whole room while he was speaking: we could have listened to him all night, and we will certainly be asking him back in the near future.'
Kerri Fox, Head of Sixth Form, WYCOMBE ABBEY SCHOOL

‘Fran gave us a fresh perspective on the solo trek with a lively, informative and entertaining examination of motivation as well as process in this mammoth undertaking – a highly recommended, enjoyable lecture.’
Sue Chambers, President, HULL LITERARY & PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY

‘Thank you so much for your inspiring talk last night. It was a massive hit with the kids – they really did love it – lots of feedback flying this morning.’
Owen Moelwyn-Hughes, Head of Politics, KINGS SCHOOL, CANTERBURY

‘Thank you very much for your very interesting, informative and amusing talk at our monthly meeting. It was fascinating to hear about your epic journey across Africa and you don’t need me tell you that you are a natural as a speaker. You could hear a pin drop as you took us through the journey. It is always a feather in my cap, as Speakers’ Secretary, when a speaker holds everyone’s attention and the feedback already has been very good.’
Joy Harding, Speakers’ Secretary, SHENFIELD U3A

‘What a superb talk you gave us, I had so many of our members telling me how much they had enjoyed all you had to say – it meant we ended our year on a mighty high.  A big thank you again for a splendid afternoon and also for a fascinating read.’
Meg Alun-Jones, Programme Secretary, CROSBY U3A

‘You really did enchant us with your story of the walk across Africa and we really would like you to come again some time.’
Shirley McConnell, Speakers Secretary, ROMILEY U3A

‘Super talk - thank you - it obviously went down well and that was a big turn out for us.’
Tessa Gayford, Chair, CAMELOT U3A

‘Everyone enjoyed your talk, filled with interesting stories and humour.’
Karen Mace, Co-Speakers and Events, The WIGS, COLCHESTER

‘Thank you for coming to give us such a well-received talk - I will certainly have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone looking for an engaging and professional speaker.’
Margaret Harkup, Speakers Secretary, MAIDSTONE U3A

'Thank you for your amazing talk today, everybody really enjoyed it and we had a good turn out as well.'
Hanna Bastiaansen, CHESTER GLOBETROTTERS

‘Thanks for the lovely talk about your walk - everyone enjoyed it very much.’ 
Hilary Hough, Speakers' Secretary, WOKINGHAM U3A

‘We greatly enjoyed your talk. The feedback from the members was very appreciative – in fact some said it was the best talk that they had been to. Give yourself a gold star!’
Connie Doody, Speaker Secretary, WALSALL U3A
 
‘I have had many reports of how much your talk was enjoyed – thank you so much for an interesting and entertaining presentation.’
Margaret Croft, Speakers Secretary, RODING VALLEY U3A

‘Thanks for the lecture – we all very much enjoyed and it would be great to have you along again at Ashville at some point in the future.’
Gary Kurczij, Head of English and Gifted and Talented Enrichment Co-ordinator, ASHVILLE COLLEGE, HARROGATE

'A very big thanks for a truly interesting and entertaining talk. The feedback has been most positive.'
Pat Murfet, Speaker Secretary, KEYWORTH U3A

'Thanks again for an illuminating and humorous talk yesterday. We hope to see you again in the future.'
Jeremy Waters, Chairman, GOUDHURST U3A

'It was a pleasure meeting you last Wednesday, and your talk went down very well with our members.'
Geraldine Sperritt, Speakers Secretary, NORTH WILTSHIRE U3A

'Thank you for your enthralling description of your amazing feat. The feedback has been very good, and I’ll certainly be recommending you to other societies.
Tony Ord, Chairman, CHESTER LECTURE SOCIETY

'Thank you for another very interesting lecture last Wednesday. You certainly could not have packed-in more information into an hour's talk! I'm sure that most of the audience were (like me) almost totally ignorant of the lead-up to the encounter between Stanley and Livingstone, so you gave us an "educational" lecture in the best sense – both informative and interesting.'
John Beynon, Chairman, RETIRED MEMBERS SURREY

‘Thanks for coming along to visit us; you were well received.’
Nick Hampton, Speaker Organiser, BEARSTED U3A

‘I’ve had good feedback about your talk.’
Celia Toone, Speakers Secretary, DARTFORD U3A

‘Sorry to have missed your talk for our U3A last month - I've had such excellent reports of it! Everyone would like to hear you speak again.’
JAN CHRISTMAS, SPEAKERS SECRETARY, LOUTH U3A

‘Thankyou for giving us your talk, we all enjoyed it’
Maggie Hewson, Speakers Secretary, CHARD AND ILMINSTER U3A

'Good to meet you, people really liked your talk.'
Alison Mallalieu, Speaker Secretary, DENE VALLEY U3A

'Thank you, and how much we enjoyed your talk.'
Tess Powell, Speakers Secretary, HAMMERSMITH U3A

'Thank you so much for such an inspiring talk this morning. I think you could tell by the applause and the interest at the end asking questions and coming to speak to you on a one to one that it was much appreciated. I even heard a couple of seventy year olds saying that they would love to do something like that.'
Jeni Davies, Speaker Secretary, CHESTER U3A    

'Thanks so much for coming to speak to our U3A - we really enjoyed your talk and I've had good feedback.'
Helen Wyton, LLANDRINDOD U3A

‘Your talk was very well received yesterday.’
Jan Warrender, Speakers Secretary, ABERGAVENNY U3A
 
‘Thank you for a brilliant talk yesterday.’
Nick White, Speaker Secretary, SEVENOAKS U3A

‘Thank you for the entertaining and very interesting talk you gave – lots of people told me how much they enjoyed it.’
Janet Head, NORTH WALSHAM U3A

‘We all enjoyed your talk.’
Penny Evans, HENLEY U3A

‘Excellent Talk, many thanks.’
David Silver, Chairman, ARUN EAST U3A

‘Your talk on your walk across Africa was very well received by our members’
John Beynon, RMS SURREY

'I heard many favourable comments on your talk last week and look forward to meeting you again in the future.'
Fred Airey, Speaker Secretary, WARRINGTON U3A

‘We have received lots of very positive comments about last night's talk so thanks very much for agreeing to come over and do it.’
Jean Mugaseth, RADCLIFFE ON TRENT WORKERS’ EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION

'Many thanks for your thoroughly enjoyable talk on Tuesday. As you will have already gathered, it was very well received by our members, and hopefully we will be able to see you again in the future.'
Margaret Hunt, Speaker Secretary, CLITHEROE U3A

'Fran’s lecture on Livingstone and Stanley was a veritable tour de force, shedding light on the story from so many different perspectives, but with a marvelous lightness of touch. Everyone was gripped from start to finish.
Graham Bartram, LANCASTER AND MORECAMBE U3A

'Many thanks for your excellent and very entertaining talk.'
Elizabeth Formstone, Speaker secretary, TEESDALE U3A

'Your talk was very much appreciated by all who were there. It was mind-boggling what you achieved and also very interesting and amusing, and we enjoyed it very much.
Elizabeth Dobie, Speakers Secretary, YORK U3A

‘Many thanks for the talk – the pupils really enjoyed it and there was a lot of positive feedback.’
Andrew Dobson, Head of English, EXETER SCHOOL

‘Everyone I meet is enthusing about your brilliant talk on Monday. Thank you so much.’
Pauline O’Brien, Speakers Secretary, BOURNE U3A

‘A brilliant, entertaining talk well received by all. Thank you for giving us such a treat.’
Peter Martin, Chairman, BATH U3A

‘We all enjoyed your lively and fascinating talk – one of our members thought it was the best talk we had had!’
Jenny Ford, Speakers Secretary, DORKING U3A

‘Thank you for the interesting talk you gave to our members last week.’
Valerie Davis, Speakers Secretary, WARMINSTER U3A     

‘Your talk was very well received yesterday.’
Jan Warrender, Speakers Secretary, ABERGAVENNY U3A
 
‘Thank you for a brilliant talk yesterday.’
Nick White, Speaker Secretary, SEVENOAKS U3A

‘Thank you so much for such an interesting and entertaining talk, obviously appreciated by all those who attended.’  Judith Hill, Speakers Secretary, ASH U3A

‘Thanks again for the talk on Friday; the students thoroughly enjoyed it!’
Steve McQuitty, Head of Upper College, CHELTENHAM COLLEGE

‘Thanks for the talk, it was great – I will certainly be contacting you again.’
Brenda Galley, Speakers Secretary, WALTHAM FOREST U3A

‘Fran’s talk went down really well last Thursday and there was a lot of positive feedback.’
Gillian Thomas, Speakers Secretary, GORING-ON-THAMES U3A

'Everyone really enjoyed the talk, I have had some very positive comments!'
Linda Davitt, Speaker Secretary, NORTHAMPTON U3A

'Thank you for coming on Monday – I taught the L6 immediately afterwards, and I had to ditch my planned lesson because they were talking about it so much! 
Dr Ross Barrand, Head of 6th Form, KINGSTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL

‘Thank you for the wonderful talk we heard yesterday. The whole hour was very informative and the audience were genuinely interested in your travels across Africa. Many people commented afterwards about how they had enjoyed it.'
Sue Stanley, Speakers Secretary, HUCKNALL U3A

‘Fran’s talk was very well received and quite a few members spoke to me afterwards about how much they enjoyed the morning.’
Norman Ross, Speakers Secretary, WELLS U3A

‘Fran’s talk was much appreciated by a good turn out.’
Graham Edmonds, Speakers Secretary, TOWCESTER U3A

‘Thanks so much for the talk today, it was really interesting and very different than I think most of us imagined. I have already had several messages to say how much people enjoyed it’.
Maggie Evans, Speakers Secretary, ASTON CLINTON U3A

‘Thank you once again for a very interesting talk.’
 Lisa Lancett, Head of Fifth Form, BROMSGROVE SCHOOL

'Fran’s presentation was very well received by our staff and students. It is always rewarding for students to hear about different experiences and to be challenged in their way of thinking.  Fran’s talk certainly did that, and has generated much discussion around the sixth form.'
Sarah Steadman, Co-Director, BRAINTREE SIXTH FORM

'An excellent talk – hearing about your journey and experiences across Africa was fascinating, your audience was captivated. It was a pleasure to meet you.'
Estelle McAllster, Speakers Secretary, BASILDON AND BILLERICAY U3A

‘One sentence could not do Fran’s style, content and presentation justice – it was brilliant.’
Stephen Andrews, Speaker Secretary, DORRIDGE U3A

'Fran is a gripping speaker and I was quickly drawn into his story. To have adolescents sitting absolutely rapt is a gift that many speakers cannot claim; Fran can: the lads were fascinated by his account of African travel at the sharp end. His talk was vivid and packed with sensory detail to bring it all home to the listener. It was the kind of talk that one comes back to time and again in the days afterwards.'
Andrew Grimshaw, English Dept, BEDFORD SCHOOL

'Southport Probus Club was delighted by the illustrated talk ‘Traversa’ in which Fran Sandham vividly described his epic solo walk across Africa.'
David Radcliffe, SOUTHPORT PROBUS CLUB

'We thoroughly enjoyed hearing about Fran’s solo trek across Africa – an incredible thing to do by any yardstick. All the students and staff who attended his lecture thoroughly enjoyed it, and there has been a buzz of conversation since.'
Michael Day, Head of Geography, THE HABERDASHERS’ ASKE’S BOYS’ SCHOOL

'Fran's highly entertaining talk about his solo trip across Africa was so much enjoyed by the 150+ audience at Medway U3A. We would definitely book him again for one of the other talks he offers.’
Julia Hawkins, Speaker Organiser, MEDWAY U3A

‘Thanks for another wonderful talk. It was so interesting and I have been inundated with appreciative comments from members.’
Jean Hart, Speakers Secretary, BROXBOURNE U3A

‘A very interesting talk to our group – many people came up to me and thanked me for the choice of speaker.’
Peter B Neale Speakers Organiser, DOWNHAM MARKET U3A

‘I loved Fran’s talk and won’t hesitate to suggest him for other events.'
Lisa Dowdeswell, THE SOCIETY OF AUTHORS

‘Fran’s talk was very appreciated by the students, he very quickly engaged their attention, and informed and entertained them. Good comments from them afterwards.’
Ken Humphreys, WELLS CATHEDRAL SCHOOL

‘Many thanks for your wonderful talk.  I have received so many favourable comments about how interesting it was.  It was a pleasure to meet you and I hope we will be able to welcome you back again one day.’
Linda Griffiths, Speakers Secretary, HULLBRIDGE U3A

‘We had so many people come up afterwards saying how much they had enjoyed Fran’s talk and humour! An excellent talk.’
Jan Merchant, Speakers Secretary, NORTON RADSTOCK U3A

‘Thank you once again for entertaining the group with the fascinating account of your journey across Africa. There have been many appreciative comments and enquiries such as, “Does he speak about anything else?”’
Tony Scammels, Speakers Secretary, WEST WILTS U3A

'Fran's lecture was so inspiring that the Sixth Form students were captivated from start to finish – this was a wise investment of 60 minutes for the students.'  
Emma Kemp-Gee, Deputy Head VI, ROYAL ALEXANDRA AND ALBERT SCHOOL

‘An excellent and very interesting talk – I am sure Fran was left in no doubt of how well he was received by the interest and response from our members.’
John Baldwin, Speakers Secretary, BOXMOOR PROBUS

'The girls really enjoyed Fran’s talk.’

Ellie Perkins, Head of Careers, CITY OF LONDON SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

‘Fran’s talk really added to our academic enrichment programme, with pupils engaged with an interesting and informative speaker. We will certainly be using him again in the future, and I would recommend that other schools do too.’
Christopher Graham, Head of Middle School, ROYAL HOSPITAL SCHOOL, IPSWICH

‘Fran’s talk at Haslemere U3A was a great success – he probably guessed that by the applause, and he deserves to do very well.’
Pam Pullen, Speaker Secretary, HASLEMERE U3A

'One of the best speakers we've had at the St Helens U3A. Our members were enthralled. So good we are inviting him back next year!'
Pauline Hobson, Speakers Secretary, ST HELENS U3A

‘Thank you so much for giving us such an interesting talk this morning. The audience response and the feedback showed how much people enjoyed it. Your anecdotes and pictures gave an insight into what must have been an incredible journey – what a storyteller.’
Jeni Davies, Speaker Secretary, AYLESBURY VALE U3A

‘A big thank you for the talk - the feedback was very positive, and I believe it wasn't just the presentation but also your personality and humour that impressed.’
Dave Stevens, Meetings Organiser, CARLISLE U3A

‘We much enjoyed Fran’s talk, and it was quite a contrast to talks which we have enjoyed before.’
Rosemary Dane, FOUR SEASONS LUNCHEON CLUB

‘A most entertaining and informative talk, very well received.’
George Gatcum, Speakers Secretary, HIGH WYCOMBE U3A

‘Thank you for your talk yesterday, what an amazing journey, our members enjoyed it very much. I didn’t notice anybody going to sleep so  you must be good.’
Yvonne Smith, Speaker Secretary, SPELTHORNE U3A

‘A very interesting talk – Fran Sandham was a very good speaker.’
June Byrne, Speaker Secretary, DUNSTABLE U3A

‘Fran’s talk really was fascinating. All of us felt inspired to believe that each of us is capable of doing anything if we put our minds to it – a really useful lesson for all of us in school, be we students or teachers.’
Kate Cheetham, Assistant Head 6th Form, ALDERLEY EDGE SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

‘Fran’s talk went down very well with our members – a most interesting and unique topic.’
Doug Mayne, Speakers Secretary, CRAWLEY U3A

‘We were delighted with the lively and engaging talk that Fran gave to Year 10 and 11. The boys were fascinated by his adventures in Africa, and we will definitely keep him in mind for future Enrichment events.’
Laura Bishop, English Department, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE SCHOOL

‘Fran gave a very entertaining account of his journey across Africa.’  
Jean Hatch, FORMBY U3A

'I have had very positive feedback from various sources about your presentation today – thank you so much for coming and entertaining / educating the membership so well.'
Gill Baynes, Speaker Secretary, LANCASTER AND MORECAMBE U3A

‘The staff and students really enjoyed your talk. Lots of praise. Thank you!’
Sally Bradley, Classics/English, KING HENRY VIII SCHOOL, COVENTRY

‘Thank you very much for your interesting talk yesterday.’
Rosemary Williams, Speaker Secretary, WESTON TURVILLE U3A

‘Thank you for an excellent talk today.'
Jenny McGregor, Speakers secretary, BISHOPS STORTFORD U3A

‘We enjoyed your talk and it went down very well with the audience.’
Paul Blackford, Speakers Secretary, NORTH NORFOLK U3A

‘Your talk went down very well and lots of people said how much they enjoyed it.’
Jean Birks, Speaker Secretary, BEDFORD U3A

‘Thank you for the excellent talk which was very well received by our U3A members.’ 
Joe Abbott, Speaker Secretary, BURNHAM-ON-CROUCH U3A

‘Comments on your talk have been very positive, with everyone I have spoken to saying how much they enjoyed it, i.e. the story and the pictures of the journey, and your enthusiasm and humour in the telling of it.’
Peter Ireland, Speakers Secretary, CHEW VALLEY U3A

‘Your talk was well received and members found the story of your walk across Africa very interesting.
Nicole Tertsakian, Speakers Secretary, WEALD U3A

'Thank you for the lecture night, it was a very interesting topic and based on the reactions was a very successful event.'
Iwan Kyffin, RYDAL PENHROS SCHOOL, COLWYN BAY

‘The boys were fascinated by what Fran had to say.’
Andrew Wilkinson, Senior Tutor, HAMPTON SCHOOL

‘The whole talk was very well received by the entire audience, who were genuinely impressed by the very idea of such an adventure. I can fully recommend Fran Sandham's talk to any group or audience.’
John Johnson, WALLINGFORD THAMESIDE U3A

‘Fran gave us a very interesting talk about his great adventure walking across Africa, with humour and excitement all the way through it.  It prompted many questions, which he was very happy to answer.’
John Beaty, Vice Chairman, WORKSOP U3A

‘Fran Sandham’s talk was a fascinating Boy's Own story, professionally told with wry humour.’
Peter Brooks, Speaker Secretary, EASINGWOLD U3A

‘Many thanks for the brilliant talk. We all enjoyed it greatly and would recommend you to any group seeking a fascinating and amusing talk.’
Carolyn Williams, Programme Secretary, FARINGDON U3A

'Fran's absorbing account about his walk across Africa gripped the imagination of our sixth formers who thoroughly enjoyed the humour and general madness of the whole adventure.'
Helen Wiltshire, Assistant Headteacher, KING EDWARD VI GRAMMAR SCHOOL, CHELMSFORD

'People said how much they enjoyed Fran's talk - we'd like to book him again for next year!' Sue Lamberton, Speakers Secretary, MALVERN U3A

‘Simply to say how much all our members enjoyed your talk – “Found it fascinating!” was one comment! – so thank you so much.’
Frances Fallows, MARKET HARBOROUGH BUSINESS LADIES LUNCHEON CLUB

'Fran is a great communicator and managed to explain his own, very personal view of travel and also give a real feel of the people he met. I’d certainly recommend his talks to other U3As.’
Katharine Pottinger, Speakers Secretary, SOUTH LAKES U3A

‘A huge thank you on behalf of all our Members for such a superb talk.’
Jean Dadge, Speakers Secretary, MARKET HARBOROUGH U3A

‘A very interesting talk – we always appreciate it when a speaker delivers a lecture with such enthusiasm and it is especially appreciated when a speaker has a real "in depth" knowledge of a particular subject.’
Celia Rust, Programme Secretary, GUILDFORD TRAVEL CLUB

‘Fran Sandham is an exceptional, entertaining and enthusiastic speaker who provided a fascinating commentary to his 3000 mile solo trek across Africa. An hour was just not long enough.’
Pat Broadhurst, OSWESTRY U3A

‘I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Fran speak – he was inspiring, informative, entertaining and energetic.’
Debbie Brake, Head of Year 13, SIR THOMAS RICH’S SCHOOL, GLOUCESTER

‘We found Fran's talk amusing and inspiring and are full of admiration for his grit and determination.’
Jenny Wooley, NESTON CRICKET CLUB

‘I speak on behalf of all our members in saying how much we enjoyed travelling across Africa with Fran.’
Maureen Huntley, Speakers Secretary, RAYLEIGH U3A

'We found Fran’s talk very interesting and amusing.’
Sally Roberts, RUGBY U3A

‘Fran’s talk was interesting, entertaining and very well received.’
Juliet Hale, Speaker Secretary, CHORLEYWOOD U3A

'A very interesting talk on Dr Livingstone’.
Sheila Wilder, Speakers Secretary, WELWYN-HATFIELD U3A

‘Many thanks for a really interesting talk – it was very well received and we have had lots of positive feedback.’
Sue Allum, Speaker Secretary, CHESHUNT U3A.

‘An excellent presentation – feedback has all been very positive.’
Jan Bearman-Brown, Speaker Secretary, PETERBOROUGH U3A

‘Fran’s talk was well received by the members of the U3A - everyone enjoyed it very much and I am sure we would enjoy his other talks.’
Pam Caines, CALDICOT U3A

‘Fran’s talk was very well received by our members, I heard some very favourable comments, such as ‘not your usual travel log’, ‘a very eloquent speaker’ and ‘I would like to have heard more.’
Jackie Pitcher, Speaker Secretary, SOUTHWELL U3A

‘Fran’s talk was a great success – many members said how much they enjoyed it, and it was one of the best turnouts we have had in our three years’ existence, due in no small measure to the topic.’
Michael Cohn, Speaker Secretary, CHESS VALLEY U3A

‘The girls enjoyed Fran’s talk and found it funny as well.’
Helen Forbes, Head of Sixth Form, FRANCIS HOLLAND SCHOOL, NW1

‘Fran Sandham’s talk was interesting and insightful - about Africa and endurance – and it opened the students' eyes to different cultures.’
Coco Stevenson, Head of Sixth Form/Classics, SOUTH HAMPSTEAD HIGH SCHOOL

‘A huge thank you on behalf of all our Members for such a superb talk.’
Jean Dadge, Speakers Secretary, MARKET HARBOROUGH U3A

'Fran Sandham has a unique story of courage and foolhardiness to tell and his presentation was a fascinating account of his experiences'.
Roger Watkins, Speakers Secretary, HOWDEN U3A

'We thoroughly enjoyed Fran's talk - it was very informative and quite fascinating, and hats off to him for such an achievement!'
Teresa Pigney, Speaker Secretary, LEA VALLEY U3A

'A most informative and entertaining talk on Fran's solo walk across Africa – we had a record attendance and it was a very successful meeting.’
Valerie Conniff, Speakers Secretary, MONMOUTH U3A

‘A big thank you once again for the talk you gave to South Bucks U3A group about your epic walk across Africa. The talk was fascinating and amusing and certainly enjoyed by all our members!’
Chris le Blond, Speakers Secretary, SOUTH BUCKS U3A

'Fran is a great communicator and managed to explain his own, very personal view of travel and also give a real feel of the people he met. I’d certainly recommend his talks to other U3As.’
Katharine Pottinger, Speakers Secretary, SOUTH LAKES U3A

'Merton U3A clearly enjoyed Fran's talk about his remarkable journey across Africa. One member commented that they felt as though they had actually been on the amazing trip by the time Fran finished his lively talk.'
Laurie Prescott, Speaker Secretary, MERTON U3A

‘An extremely entertaining talk – I can’t remember at previous talks having so many of our members asking questions after the meeting which showed their interest.’
Jenny Coad, Speakers Secretary, HUNTINGDON U3A

‘Thank you for a thoroughly entertaining evening – it was greatly enjoyed by all who attended. Comments included: “A great speaker, very entertaining, informative and amusing at the same time”; “a great way to experience a truly amazing journey in comfort with a howling gale outside”.’
Eddy Hornby, STOCKPORT LIBRARIES

‘An excellent talk, one which was much enjoyed by the students and by me.’
Tim Borton, Head of Sixth Form, BISHOP'S STORTFORD COLLEGE

‘Thank you for your recent talk at the University which everyone enjoyed so much.’
Lynda Baguley, CHESTER UNIVERSITY

‘Fran Sandham is an exceptional, entertaining and enthusiastic speaker, and we listened enthralled to his entertaining commentary about his 3000-mile trek across Africa.’
Pat Broadhurst, OSWESTRY U3A

'Such an interesting and well presented account of Fran's truly epic and at times difficult journey across Africa.'
Ella Glasper, Speaker Secretary, CHARNWOOD U3A

'All our U3A members thoroughly enjoyed Fran’s talk, especially as it was not just a travel log loved the details of the problems on the way! In fact people kept coming up to me at other meetings saying they had very much enjoyed the talk.'
Margaret Gavin, Speaker Secretary, GOSPORT U3A

'Many thanks for giving us such an interesting talk – our members were very impressed at your fortitude and good humour in undertaking this incredible journey.’
Joan Armstrong, Speakers Secretary, BROMLEY U3A

‘Enjoyed by all our U3A members, this was an interesting, well presented and amusing talk about an amazing journey.’  Janet Lewis, Speaker Secretary, WREXHAM U3A

‘An excellent talk – I have heard from a number of members advising how much they enjoyed it.’  Howard Jones, Speaker Secretary, STAMFORD U3A

‘We found Fran’s talk very interesting and admired his tenacity in completing the challenge.’
Judith Wright, BURTON JOYCE U3A

'A delightful talk, so well received by Broxbourne U3A members; informative and interesting; an epic tale of stamina, determination and self belief told with enthusiasm and humour.’
Jean Hart, Speakers Secretary, BROXBOURNE U3A

‘The audience really enjoyed Fran’s descriptions of past explorers who had travelled Africa and was very entertained with Fran’s escapades with donkeys and mules. The hour passed very quickly!
Melanie Graaf, BOLTON LIBRARIES AND MUSEUM

‘Such a wonderful account of Fran’s trek across Africa - informative, entertaining and very well received by our members.’
Sandy Pizzey, Speakers Secretary, WELWYN HATFIELD U3A

'A really energising talk which had us all enthralled.'
Sandie Fillingham, SUTTON HIGH SCHOOL

'Fran’s talk was fascinating and well received. We had lots of positive feedback from the public, eg "an excellent talk, very enjoyable".’
Carol Maplesden, Specialist Librarian, CHESHIRE WEST AND CHESTER LIBRARIES

'Fran's talk was entertaining, fast-paced and held the attention of the students throughout. It subtly encouraged the 6th formers to follow their dreams.'
Joanna Winstanley, Continuing Education Programme Co-ordinator, WOLDINGHAM SCHOOL

‘We were treated to a very interesting and extremely witty talk - we all hugely enjoyed it and the evening went by far too quickly.'
Kate Mastin-Lee, GSA &Lecture Programme Coordinator, ST MARY’S SCHOOL, CALNE

‘A very sincere thank you for coming to speak to the Ryedale U3A - it really was great to hear of your adventures.’
Betty Pope, Speakers Secretary, RYEDALE U3A

'We thought your talk was excellent – informative, entertaining and quite inspiring, and pitched perfectly at the U6 cohort.'
James Wilson, Enrichment Programme, STOCKPORT GRAMMAR SCHOOL

'Thank you so much for your contribution to our festival! Everyone was impressed and astonished that you took the whole thing so calmly!'   Carole Nelson, SEDBERGH FESTIVAL OF BOOKS & DRAMA

‘A most enjoyable and interesting talk – I am sure we would all appreciate another visit.’
Sue Fewster, Speaker Secretary, FURNESS U3A

‘Many thanks for coming to speak to our students last week.  It fitted in well with what we were trying to achieve and caught the imagination of many (staff included!)’
Liz Evans, Assistant Headteacher, HAYDON BRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

‘Such a wonderful talk - Fran enthralled his audience with his entertaining and frank delivery.'
Angus Pearson, Head of Sixth Form, ST CATHERINE'S SCHOOL, TWICKENHAM

'Fascinating ...the audience were really engaged in the talk. A lovely way to escape a grey October afternoon!'
Judith Adam, OFF THE SHELF LITERARY FESTIVAL, SHEFFIELD

'Fran gave us a really good talk and it's always a good sign when there are so many questions. He did a great job and kept us entertained for the whole 45 minutes - we'd have been quite happy to let him carry on with his tale for another hour!'
GLOBETROTTERS CLUB, LONDON

'A wonderfully entertaining and inspiring talk - such a good start to the term!'
Emma McKendrick, Headmistress, DOWNE HOUSE SCHOOL, BERKSHIRE

'Our members were very impressed with Fran's talk - we had our best ever attendance with over 220 members, which for January in the middle of winter was excellent!'
Trish Miller, Speaker Secretary, ST ALBANS U3A

‘Fran’s talk at the Academy was really fantastic - the best author event we have ever had. It was great for our students to hear him speak with such passion about being determined to do something and following it through.’
Sue Connell, Learning Resources Manager, CITY ACADEMY, HACKNEY

‘We had great feedback for Fran’s talk, including: "Fran Sandham is superb!" "Tremendously enjoyable"; “An excellent talk – light-hearted and full of facts”; "Very interesting talk and very amusing"; "Thoroughly enjoyable and well researched"; "A very interesting and informative speaker"; "A very clear, well-illustrated presentation”; "An excellent speaker".’
Ruth Walton, Librarian, WHITLEY BAY LIBRARY

'Fran's talk combined all the elements one could wish for. Informative, entertaining and amusing in turn it was extremely well received by our appreciative members.'
Graeme Bell, Speaker Secretary, BURY ST EDMUNDS U3A

‘The boys really enjoyed Fran’s  talk and were talking excitedly about it at their next lesson.’
George Phillipson, Head of English, CITY OF LONDON SCHOOL

‘An excellent illustrated talk about Fran Sandham’s epic walk across Africa - a very enjoyable and interesting presentation.’
Michael Ross,Speaker Secretary, DACORUM U3A

‘A very successful lecture.’
Mike Nichol, Chairman, CHESTER SOCIETY OF THIRTEEN

‘We thought the talk was excellent! It was well structured with interesting personal anecdotes, visuals and humour.’
Glynis Madden, BRIDGNORTH FESTIVAL

‘All those listened to Fran over the course of the day were enthused by his energy and passion for his subject. Austin Friars St Monica’s School was delighted to have Fran visit the school and deliver such an inspiring talk.’
Joanna Agnew, Head of English, AUSTIN FRIARS ST MONICA'S SCHOOL

‘It was a pleasure to meet Fran and to hear his engaging talk about his travels across Africa.'
Carolyn Nurse, Chairman, HAYWARDS HEATH U3A

'A hugely enjoyable talk about an extraordinary adventure which was both fun and enlightening. Highly recommended.'
Alexandra Dukes, Community Librarian, CAERPHILLY LIBRARIES

'Thank you again for the lecture last Friday - it was great to listen to your talk.'
Jo Woolley, Head of Geography, DULWICH COLLEGE

‘Thank you for an engaging, humorous and cautionary talk on your travels across Africa - we were delighted that you were able to bring it to us in such clear and vivid manner.’
Steve Maxwell, TAL FESTIVAL

‘Fran wove together an epic yarn with humour, humanity and truth - when he talked about his adventures, you couldn’t help but feel inspired to take a step out of the bindings of everyday life yourself …’
Gerard Lewis, Senior Library Manager, LONDON BOROUGH OF GREENWICH

'I really enjoyed Fran's talk and the audience did too. A great event.'
Marion Judson/Sharon Houghton, SCARBOROUGH LITERATURE FESTIVAL

‘Fran gave a terrific presentation to our Sixth Form about his highly personal journey. It was both entertaining and educative and was extremely well received by students and staff alike.’
Kenneth Glover, Vice-Principal, WYMONDHAM COLLEGE

‘An excellent talk, pitched perfectly in duration and content to our audience of engineers and partners.’
Frank Taylor, Chairman, HERTFORDSHIRE ENGINEERS’ LUNCHEON CLUB

'Fran's talk was a great success.'
Chris Routh, LEIGHTON PARK SCHOOL

'The audience were delighted by Fran's informative, funny and fascinating talk at Portsmouth Central Library. The talk was enhanced by some stunning photographs of his journey across Africa.'
Clare Forsyth, Reader Development Librarian, PORTSMOUTH CITY COUNCIL

'Fran is a pleasure to work with - his witty and engaging talk generated more enthusiastic audience questions at the end than I've seen for a long, long time. There was 100% positive feedback from our readers.'
Mike Allport, Reader Development Manager, SOUTHWARK LIBRARIES

‘What an amazing journey, genuinely inspiring! Fran presents it all in an engaging and thoroughly amusing manner, Totally recommended.’
Simon Graham, manager, INTREPID TRAVEL (LONDON)

'Fran Sandham's talk about his solo travels across Africa enthralled an audience of secondary school students: highly entertaining, informative and often very witty, this was the sort of talk which inspires pupils. I'd be very happy to recommend him to other schools.'
Dr Charlotte Goddard, ST MARY'S SCHOOL, CAMBRIDGE

‘We were delighted to have such an accomplished travel writer visit us. The feedback from attendees was very positive, and everyone very much enjoyed their time with Fran.’
Gordon Lundie, Executive Member for Culture, WEST BERKSHIRE COUNCIL

‘Fran Sandham’s talk was extremely interesting and went down very well with the pupils.’
Allan McKeown, Head of Sixth Form, ARNOLD SCHOOL, BLACKPOOL

'Fran Sandham's talk inspired and entertained us at our annual staff development day. His presentation was witty and engaging, with a purposeful context of setting and achieving objectives. His account of his adventures warmed us up nicely for some of the drier business of the day, and also resulted in resolutions to go on walking holidays from at least two of my colleagues!'
Niall McGowan, Regeneration Manager, LONDON BOROUGH OF TOWER HAMLETS

'Such an interesting and witty talk, the feedback forms confirm what was obvious at the time, everyone had an excellent evening - we've had many very positive and glowing comments back. I was impressed with Fran's delivery - he engaged and entertained all the audience; his talk was amusing, informative and entertaining on a number of levels, and I can safely say a great success! And the cakes were good ...'
Anna Shaw/Vivienne King, BRACKNELL FOREST COUNCIL

'Fran's talk was informative, amusing and everyone really enjoyed it. We received lots of positive feedback from the audience, including: "Brilliant. A very entertaining speaker"; "Thought-provoking, interesting and entertaining"; "Very well presented"; "Fascinating and very entertaining"; and "Quite excellent".'
Madeleine Bentley, Senior Development Librarian, READING CENTRAL LIBRARY

‘Fran’s talk was entertaining, unusual and enjoyable, and clearly struck a cord with our audience. This helped us hit our target of attracting more men to our talks, (almost a third of the audience) and of attracting younger people to our events. The feedback from the audience at the end of the talk was very positive and people enjoyed the talk and Fran’s personality as a speaker. Comments included: “witty anecdotes”; “I enjoyed the storytelling”; “jovial personality of speaker”. Almost all the people who filled out evaluation forms said that they felt that they had learnt something new on the evening.’
Jane Brierley, NOTTINGHAM CENTRAL LIBRARY

‘The pupils enjoyed Fran’s traveller’s tales, which were laced with amusing stories and wry asides, bringing the whole African experience alive on a cold and wet February evening in Dorset!’
Hugo Mieville, Head of Sixth Form, MILTON ABBEY SCHOOL, DORSET

'Thank you for your excellent lecture - we very much enjoyed your very interesting and informative talk.'
Derek Oldham, Lecture Secretary, NORWICH U3A

'Fran's talk was extremely entertaining, amusing and informative.'
Deborah Wallis, Cultural services, CORNWALL COUNCIL

'Fran Sandham gave a fascinating account of his trek across Africa and the event went down extremely well with the audience. A highly successful and enjoyable event.'
Barry Tsirtou, Learning Support Librarian, MARYLEBONE LIBRARY

'Fran's two talks were really entertaining - thoroughly enjoyable and very interesting.'
S.W. Lythgoe, Reader-in-Residence, WIGAN LEISURE AND CULTURE TRUST

'I have received a good number of very favourable comments from students and staff alike about Fran's talk – it was a really enlivening and convivial evening.'
Andrew Nunn, Head of Sixth Form, DUKE OF YORK'S ROYAL MILITARY SCHOOL

'Fran impressed with his enthusiasm for talking about his travels – his talks were extremely well received and he has already received a number of invitations for return visits.''
Jane Mathieson, TIME TO READ

'Thank you for a very personal talk.'
ACKWORTH SCHOOL, PONTEFRACT

'Everyone thoroughly enjoyed Fran's talk, and are still talking about it in Capel St Mary. I was so engrossed in Fran's talk, and I was very impressed with his ability to speak with only a few headings written down on paper. A very enjoyable evening.'
Elisabeth Harrrison, Service Development Librarian, SUFFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL

'Fran Sandham enthralled the audience.'
Linda Davies, Reader Development Manager, EALING LIBRARIES

‘Such an interesting and informative talk.’
Leslie Sutton, DANSON FESTIVAL, BEXLEY

'This talk left our audience wanting more of what was an amazing journey. We shall, I hope, see Fran again.' Tim Layfield, Speaker Arranger, CHILTERN U3A

'Fran's talk was much appreciated – I had some very good feedback. How refreshing to walk in his footsteps across Africa, enjoying his enthusiastic delivery, laced always with humour.' Sylvia Latham, Speaker Secretary, CRICKHOWELL U3A

'We much enjoyed Fran's talk about his walk across Africa.' Peter Hunt, Speakers Secretary, SOUTH SOLIHULL U3A

'Fran Sandham’s talk was fascinating. This was not a standard travelogue account of his walk across Africa but rather an account of his inner journey throughout the walk. As a result he inspired at least one member of the audience to consider making his own grand adventure.’
Janet Hill, Reader Development Librarian, WATFORD AND THREE RIVERS DISTRICT LIBRARIES

'Fran’s talk about his epic walk across Africa was well received by an appreciative audience. He was witty, engaging, and inspiring – he gave us a real feel of what he experienced, and was refreshingly modest about his achievement.'
Andrew Walker, Development Librarian, ISLE OF WIGHT COUNCIL

'A fascinating account of Fran's solo walk across Africa. Fran engaged well with his audience who asked many questions and were eager to hear more about his adventures. A highly successful event.'
Sarah Coyne, Reader Development Officer, SALFORD LIBRARIES

'An excellent talk – a fascinating insight into what must have been an epic journey.'
Rowena Gomersall, Library Manager, CHESHIRE LIBRARIES

‘Fran was excellent. Very interesting subject and he is obviously enthusiastic about it. He also answered lots of questions at the end and gave well thought out answers. Funny and modest. He spoke for an hour and a half and we thought it was just an hour. The audience enjoyed it very much.’
Sue Stone, Reading Co-ordinator, KNOWSLEY LIBRARIES

'Fran's lively and amusing account of his journey across Africa brightened up the gloom of an English winter evening.'
Nick Garrod, NORTHAMPTON CENTRAL LIBRARY

'Fran Sandham's talk on his solo walk across Africa was full of amusing anecdotes and fascinating insights into this extreme undertaking. The audience was enraptured by Fran's experiences and the feedback we have received has been that they all found his talk fascinating.'
Mark Williams, Promotions Manager, CAMBRIDGESHIRE LIBRARIES

'An entertaining evening, good for attracting a range of customers new to the library – thoroughly recommended! Comments (all rated it as good or excellent) included: “Fran – really funny bloke” and “The evening was brilliant”.'
Victoria Law, Reading and Learning Manager, WINDSOR AND MAIDENHEAD LIBRARIES

‘Fran was very easy to work with and eager to promote the event himself in addition to our own publicity. Some of the comments we had: "Interesting and humorous"; "Informative"; "Lovely evening. Really enjoyed hearing all about Fran's adventures".’
Nicky Dunne, Librarian, ROMFORD CENTRAL LIBRARY

'Fran's talk last night was great and very much enjoyed by the audience – I could tell by all the questions that the audience were obviously inspired to learn more about his epic walk.'
Val Larkin, Librarian, BOSTALL LIBRARY

'Fran took us on a fearless, lively and entertaining walk across a continent, sharing images of the landscape and  of the people he met,  reminding us that perhaps we could all spend more time enjoying the journey, and less time worrying about the destination.'
Felicity Beaumont, Reader Services Librarian, LEOMINSTER LIBRARY

'I was torn between watching the audience response and looking at Fran as he spoke - people were clearly enjoying the talk and there were lots of questions at the end. Feedback from the audience included: “Very entertaining and humorous and descriptive adventures of his trek across Africa”; “A very enjoyable evening - amusing and informative”; “Much appreciated, a very lively talk which held my interest”; “Really enjoyable”.’
Debby Wale, Reader Development Librarian, OCTOBER FESTIVAL, HAMMERSMITH

‘Such an entertaining talk … we were really pleased to get such a good audience and they clearly all enjoyed themselves. Audience comments included: "Refreshing, motivating and inspiring!"; “Extremely enjoyable - a wonderful, humorous speaker";  "A charming and charismatic speaker”; “Well presented - a natural speaker”;  "Very interesting and amusing";   "Thoroughly enjoyed it - very entertaining"; “Excellent!  Fran is a very entertaining speaker with a lovely personality!" “Well presented and interesting and Mr Sandham has an engaging personality”; "Fascinating speaker, totally entertaining and very factual and true of Africa!”  "Thought-provoking".'
Ruth Walton, NORTH TYNESIDE COUNCIL

'Fran Sandham fuelled the imaginations of wannabe travellers during his talk.'
Hayley Maguire, CHESTER EVENING LEADER

'The audience enjoyed an engaging account of blisters, raging heat and extreme cold, and heard about the African continent’s most cussed donkey. Written comments left on the night included: “An excellent talk, giving a flavour of a truly epic odyssey. More please!”; "Fascinating"; “A really enjoyable talk, inspiring as well as interesting. Perfect!” Fran is very personable and a pleasure to work with. I would happily engage him again as a speaker in the future.'
Alan Morrison, Events Organiser, LEWISHAM LIBRARY SERVICE

'Fran Sandham is an amusing and energetic man. He's full of energy; as he stands and talks he's half-bouncing on his toes, as if any minute he might suddenly conceive of another continent to cross, and rush off to begin. I wonder how he sat still for long enough to write ...'
Jill Glenn, OPTIMA

'The two sessions Fran did for us were great - really interesting, and enjoyed by all.'
Vandra Hemmings, Reader Development & Promotions Manager, KENT LIBRARIES

‘Fran Sandham was an engaging speaker and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.’
Chris Smith, TAMESIDE MBC

'Thank you so much for your talk – it was quite an epic journey that you undertook!'      Lynda Milne, COLCHESTER ROYAL GRAMMAR SCHOOL

'I had several positive feedbacks about you, and I will be very happy to recommend you.'
Jamie Gaskin, Speaker Secretary, SOUTHPORT U3A

'A great talk!'
Liz Sheppard, Library Manager, WOOTTON LIBRARY

‘Fran Sandham’s talk was really interesting and humorous.’
Marinella Sinagoga, Culture and Learning, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE LIBRARY SERVICE

‘Everyone who was there thoroughly enjoyed hearing about Fran’s experiences.’
Gaynor Baveystock, Principal Librarian, SLOUGH CENTRAL LIBRARY

‘A thoroughly enjoyable, well thought out talk which entertained an audience aged from 16–76, who asked many questions and left talking about what a good experience they'd had.’
Sheila Houldin, Reader Development Officer, CHESHIRE LIBRARIES

'Fran's talk was very entertaining, and the relaxed atmosphere made it easy for the audience to ask lots of questions afterwards. Everyone who attended really enjoyed it'.
Jan Dawson, Librarian, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON LIBRARY

‘Excellent ... one of the best – if not the best – events we’ve held.'
Lynda Finney, Librarian, STANDISH LIBRARY, WIGAN

‘A fascinating talk – a real insight into this most extraordinary feat.’
Ann Nossiter, Librarian, BISHOPS HIGH LIBRARY, CHESTER

‘Had really good feedback on Fran’s talk!’
Ann Buckley, Speakers Secretary, HUYTON U3A

‘An informative and interesting talk.’
Thomas Walton, Deputy Headmaster, KING EDWARD VI SCHOOL, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

‘The pupils and parents have told me how much they enjoyed your talk last night.’
David Boatman, Head of Sixth Form, FRAMLINGHAM COLLEGE

‘A very big thanks for a truly interesting and entertaining talk. The feedback has been most positive and I shall certainly pass your name on to other societies.’
Pat Murfet, Speaker Secretary, KEYWORTH U3A

‘Many thanks for a very interesting and amusing talk about your walk across Africa. The Probus Club's members greatly enjoyed listening to you.’
Les Blake, Speaker Secretary, HAVERING PROBUS CLUB

‘Many thanks for your informative, inspiring and humorous talk yesterday. Judging from the comments people made to me afterwards, I feel sure that many members would be keen to hear you speak again.’
Paul Griffin, Speaker Secretary, GOUDHURST U3A

‘Your talk on Stanley and Livingstone was just amazing and much appreciated – thank you so much.’
Tess Powell, Speaker Secretary, HAMMERSMITH & FULHAM U3A

‘I heard some excellent feedback on your talk from the members.’
Mu Gurbutt, Speakers Secretary, BECCLES U3A

‘Thank you so much for providing such an interesting and entertaining evening.’
David Chappell, Speaker Secretary, BATH AND BRISTOL CSMA

‘Many, many thanks for giving us such an interesting, enjoyable talk.’
Bernice Adcock, Speaker Secretary, SPALDING U3A

‘Thank you so much for such an interesting talk, I had many comments from the members who said they had found it interesting and inspiring.’
Gretel Allen, Speaker Secretary, CHINNOR U3A

‘It was a pleasure meeting you last Wednesday, and your talk went down very well with our members.’
Geraldine Sperritt, Speakers Secretary, NORTH WILTSHIRE U3A

‘Thank you for your enthralling description of your amazing feat. The feedback has been very good, everyone enjoyed the vicarious experience, and I’ll certainly be recommending you to other societies.’
Tony Ord, Chairman, CHESTER LECTURE SOCIETY

‘Thanks for coming along to visit us; you were well received.’
Nick Hampton, Speaker Organiser, BEARSTED U3A

‘I’ve had good feedback about your talk.’
Celia Toone, Speakers Secretary, DARTFORD U3A

‘Sorry to have missed your talk for our U3A last month - I've had such excellent reports of it! Everyone would like to hear you speak again’
JAN CHRISTMAS, SPEAKERS SECRETARY, LOUTH U3A

‘Your talk on your walk across Africa was very well received by our members.’
John Beynon, Chairman, RETIRED MEMBERS SOCIETY SURREY

‘I heard very good reports of your talk.’
Gill Stanley, Speakers Secretary, ALCESTER U3A

‘I had positive feedback about your talk and I will be very happy to recommend you elsewhere.’
 Jamie Gaskin, Speaker Secretary, SOUTHPORT U3A

‘Good to meet you – people really liked your talk.’
Alison Mallalieu, Speaker Secretary, DENE VALLEY U3A

‘Thank you for giving us your talk, we all enjoyed it’
Maggie Hewson, Speakers Secretary, CHARD AND ILMINSTER U3A

'Thank you very much for your excellent talk. We enjoyed it very much and I have many letters of thanks both from our own members and members of other U3As.'
Doug Jones, Speaker Secretary, PORTHCAWL U3A

‘A fascinating, humorous and heartwarming account of an incredible adventure across Africa.’
Susie Barnes, Speaker Secretary, BUSHEY U3A

 

Previous public talks and lectures include:

Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival, Oxford University
Deloitte and Touche, London
The Times Destinations Travel Show (Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London)
Wilderness Lectures, University of Bristol
SAGA cruises - MV Spirit of Adventure
The University of Winchester (Winchester Writers' Conference)
Dulwich Festival, London
Manchester Geographical Society
The Outdoors Show, London Excel
Queen's College
Chester Society of Thirteen/Royal Geographical Society
The Everyman Club of Great Grimsby
Glyndwr University
Guildford Travel Club
The Society of Authors
Hull Literary and Philosophical Society
Wilmington Grammar School for Boys
Oswestry U3A
Bredbury Library
Wycombe Abbey School
Bromsgrove School
Braintree Sixth Form
Rugby U3A
Bishop's Stortford College
Wolverhampton Literary and Scientific Society
Marlow U3A
St Helens U3A
Clayesmore School, Dorset
West Wilts U3A
Kenilworth U3A
Wells Cathedral School
John Lyon School, Harrow
Norton Radstock U3A
Hullbridge U3A
South Lakes U3A
Enfield U3A
Lancaster and Morecambe U3A
Hertford U3A
Clayesmore School, Dorset
West Wilts U3A
Kenilworth U3A
Malvern U3A
Thameside Wallingford U3A
Worksop U3A
Hampton School
Hadleigh Castle U3A
Formby U3A
Crawley U3A
Sidcot School
Liphook U3A
Alderley Edge School for Girls
Mayfield Grammar School
Downham Market U3A
Burton Joyce U3A
The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School
Medway U3A
The Royal Hospital School
Neston Cricket Club
Ware U3A
Wellingore U3A
Trent College
Oundle U3A
Moreton Hall School
Upholland U3A
Bushey U3A
Overton U3A
Gordon’s School, Surrey
Haslemere U3A
Bedford School
Southport Probus Club
Preston U3A
Carlisle U3A
Wrexham U3A
University College School
Hertford U3A
Gosport U3A
Dunstable U3A
Four Seasons Luncheon Club
Spelthorne U3A
St Neots U3A
High Wycombe U3A
Heritage Lyme Regis U3A
Francis Holland School, London
Easignwold U3A
City of London School For Girls
South Hampstead High School
Chess Valley U3A
Rayleigh U3A
Sir Thomas Rich’s School, Gloucester
North Bridge House School, London
Altrincham Grammar School for Girls
Southwell U3A
Framlingham College
Buckswood School, Hastings
Ambleside U3A
Monmouth U3A
Huntingdon U3A
Orpington U3A
Woodspring U3A
Wallasey U3A
Bemrose School, Derby
Grantham U3A
Neston Cricket Club
Burton Joyce U3A
Royal Hospital School, Ipswich
Howden U3A
Lea Valley U3A
Westcliff WI
Merton U3A
South Bucks U3A
Caldicot U3A
Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend
Stamford U3A
King Edward VI School, Chelmsford
Gosport U3A
Chester University
Blackpool Central Library
Southwell U3A
Woldingham School
Bolton Central Library
Furness U3A
Faringdon U3A
Bromley U3A
Basildon and Billericay U3A
Leicester Grammar School
Haydon Bridge Community High School
John Warner School
Charnwood U3A
Bolton Central library
Hurstpierpoint College
Chester Central Library
St Mary’s School, Calne
Brentwood School
Sutton High School
Broxbourne U3A
Welwyn Hatfield U3A
Manchester Geographical Society
Cheadle Hulme U3A
Eccles Library
Market Harborough Business Ladies Luncheon Club
Travel Writing Workshops, London:
Voyages of Discovery Cruises
Bridgnorth Festival
South Lakes U3A
Herschel Grammar School
City Academy, Hackney
Deeside Lecture Society
Wycliffe College, Gloucestershire
Netherton Library
St Albans U3A
Culford School, Bury St Edmunds
Epping Forest U3A
St Mary's School, Dorset
Abinger Lecture Society
Austin Friar's School, Carlisle
St Catherine's School, Twickenham
Blackwood Library, Caerphilly
Stockport Grammar School
Grange U3A
Buckswood School, Hastings
Dacorum U3A
Warwick School
Haywards Heath U3A
Sherborne Girls School, Dorset
Winding Wheel, Chesterfield
City of London School
Waltham Forest U3A
Brentwood School
Ashford School
Formby Library
Chorleywood U3A
Ryedale U3A
St Edmunds College
Hurtwood House School, Surrey
Pipers Corner School, Buckinghamshire
St Mary's School
Swindon Festival of Literature
Helmsley Arts Centre
TAL Festival
Nottingham High School
Downe House School, Berkshire
Ackworth School, Pontefract
Hertfordshire Engineers' Luncheon Club
Arnold School, Blackpool
Leighton Park School
St Austell Readers' Day
Calderdale Writers' Roadshow
The Duke of York's Royal Military School
Wymondham College
Portsmouth Central Library
Wirral Bookfest
Sedbergh Festival of Books and Drama
Colchester Royal Grammar School
Milton Abbey School
Norwich U3A
Leominster Library
Leighton Park School
North Kensington Library
Blackburn Central Library
Northampton Central Library
Milton Abbey School, Dorset
Allestree Library, Derby
Trafford Wordfest
Newbury Library
Eltham Library
Blackheath Library
Middlesbrough Literary Festival
Isle of Wight Walking Festival
Big Book Fortnight, Wolverhampton
Duke of York's Military School
St Edmunds College, Hertfordshire
Crowthorne Library, Bracknell Forest
Central Library, North Shields
The Long Weekend - Scarborough Literature Festival
Hexham Book Festival
City Library,Sunderland
Whitley Bay Library
Weston Favell Library
Houghton Library
Wythenshawe Forum Library
Buckinghamshire Libraries Readers' Day
Newport Central Library
Surbiton Library
Portsmouth Central Library
Wythenshawe Forum Library
Barbican Library, City of London
Nottingham Central Library
Salisbury Library, Wiltshire
Maidenhead Library
Leigh Library, Wigan
Swinton Library, Salford
Huyton Library, Liverpool
Nantwich Library, Cheshire
Droylsden Library, Manchester
Standish Library, Wigan
Bishops High Library, Chester
Widnes Library
Stratford-upon-Avon Library
Dartford Library, Kent
Coldharbour Library, Kent
Off The Shelf Literary Festival, Sheffield
October Festival, Hammersmith Library
Luton Central Library
Amersham Library
Boxmoor Probus
Royal Alexandra and Albert School
St Augustine's Priory
Wootton Library, Bedfordshire
Rock Road Library, Cambridge
Ealing Central Library
Globetrotters Club, London
John Harvard Library, Southwark
Capel St Mary Library, Suffolk
Reading Central Library
Marylebone Library
Lewisham Central Library
Bostall Library, Bexleyheath
Danson Literary Festival
Slough Central Library
Romford Central Library
Watford Central Library
Intrepid Travel, London
Blackheath Village Library
Welwyn-Hatfield U3A
Chelmsford U3A
Cheshunt U3A
Peterborough U3A
Huyton U3A
King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon
Wells U3A
Thorpe Bay U3A
Towcester U3A
Crosby U3A
Hucknall U3A
Knutsford U3A
King Grammar school
Teesdale U3A
Malvern U3A
Charnwood U3A
Clitheroe U3A
Radcliffe on Trent WEA
Dulwich College
Kenilworth Probus Club
Warrington U3A
Kings School, Canterbury
Northampton U3A
Exeter School
Cheltenham College King Henry VIII School, Coventry
Weston Turville U3A
Bishops Stortford U3A
North Norfolk U3A
Bedford U3A
Hutton U3A
Chew Valley U3A
Weald U3A
Burnham-On-Crouch U3A
Rydal Penhros School, Colwyn Bay
Bath U3A
Brecon U3A
Bourne U3A
Ash U3A
Test Villages U3A
Warminster U3A
Dartford U3A
Arun East U3A
The WIGs, Colchester
Romiley U3A
Stratford Upon Avon U3A
Camelot U3A
Potton Ladies' Club
Ashville College, Harrogate
Dorking U3A
Long Eaton U3A
Tenterden U3A
Sevenoaks U3A
Abergavenny U3A
Long Eaton U3A
Tenterden U3A
Sevenoaks U3A
Wantage and Grove U3A
Tonbridge U3A
Hadleigh Suffolk U3A
Henley U3A
Walsall U3A
North Walsham U3A
Westbury U3A
Wokingham U3A
Rendcomb College
Wem U3A
Louth U3A
Llandrindod U3A
Chester Globetrotters
Alcester U3A
North Wilts U3A
Market Harborough U3A
Monmouth U3A
Ringwood Travel Club
Chester U3A
Cheddar Valley U3A
Blackbourne U3A
Hammersmith and Fulham U3A
Mid Bucks U3A
Thanet U3A
Southport U3A
Dene Valley U3A
Bearsted U3A
Chard and Ilminster U3A
Wrexham U3A
Melbourne U3A
Reading U3A
Beccles U3A
Chester Lecture Society
Retired Members Society Surrey
Bourne U3A
Goudhurst U3A
Keyworth U3A
Maidstone U3A
Havering Probus Club
Goudhurst U3A
Beccles U3A
Bath and Bristol CSMA
Spalding U3A
Chinnor U3A
North Wiltshire U3A
Chester Lecture Society
Bearsted U3A
Dartford U3A
Louth U3A
Alcester U3A
Chard and Ilminster U3A
Dene Valley U3A
Southport U3A


Radio interviews:

'A lively and engaging speaker whose  journey on foot across Africa needs to be heard
to be believed'
BBC LONDON 94.9 FM

'Fran was wonderful - we LOVED the interview - and we are giving it 20 minutes airplay, which is VERY unusual ... He was very down to earth, warm and human - a natural storyteller with a big taste for adventure. A great guest who had us all captivated'
BBC RADIO MERSEYSIDE

'Fran not only inspired the staff at Radio City but also inspired our whole audience. We
have had many positive calls about his book and about his journey, and we would have him back as a guest any time he wanted to. That was a great interview'
RADIO CITY

'Just the sort of thing we like. An interesting half hour of radio - Fran's contribution was
much appreciated!'
BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

'Fran's interview was fascinating and a lot of listeners have told me how much they
enjoyed it. It was a real insight into what he went through, and I can't believe how he seems to have taken it so calmly and in his stride! I suspect he may have made light of many of the trials and tribulations ... He's a great talker  - he really told it in an entertaining and humorous way, and he was so easy to interview'
BBC RADIO GUERNSEY

'A pleasure to chat - most interesting!'
BBC HEREFORD AND WORCESTER

'Top job, Fran!'
BBC RADIO NOTTINGHAM

'A great guest'
BBC RADIO LEEDS


Recent radio interviews include:

BBC Radio 4's Excess Baggage programme
BBC Radio 5 Live's Simon Mayo show
BBC Radio 5 Live's Up All Night show
Today FM
BBC London 94.9 FM's Late Show
BBC London 94.9 FM's Breakfast Show
LBC's Alison Bell show
BBC Southern Counties Radio’s Mid Morning show
BBC Southern Counties Radio’s Drive Time show
Radio City
BBC Coventry and Warwickshire 
BBC Radio Nottingham
BBC Radio Solent
BBC Radio Merseyside
BBC Radio Leeds
BBC Radio Manchester
BBC Three Counties Radio
BBC Radio Stoke
BBC Radio Kent
BBC Radio Guernsey 
BBC Radio Lancashire
BBC Radio Bristol
BBC Radio Cumbria
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
BBC Hereford and Worcester
BBC`Radio Suffolk
BBC Radio Berkshire
BBC Radio Cornwall
City Talk FM
REM FM
Riverside Radio
BBC Radio Kent
BBC Coventry and Warwickshire
BBC Radio Merseyside
BBC Radio Nottingham


Below: Fran Sandham on BBC Radio 4's Excess Baggage programme discussing Traversa with host John McCarthy, author Alexander Maitland and historian Clifford Pereira (Broadcasting House, London) excess_baggage_1.jpeg_small.2.jpg



















Press Coverage:

Recent press coverage in the UK and elsewhere includes interviews, features and reviews in the Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Irish Times, the New York Times, the Observer, the Daily Mail Online, the Financial Times, the Scotsman, The Good Book Guide, The Herald, Guardian Unlimited, the Irish Examiner, Thisislondon.co.uk, the Daily Post, The Examiner, Adventure Travel, Yorkshire Evening Post, Travel Africa magazine, In London magazine, Living South Magazine, Country Walking magazine, Kent on Sunday, Backpacker magazine, Insight magazine, the Holland Herald, Optima magazine, Rise magazine, Namib Times, Herald and Post, Walk magazine, the South African Times, Forbes.com, The Guide magazine, Booktime magazine, CityLife, Outside magazine, The Liverpool Echo, Transitions Abroad, Sport magazine, Travel Namibia magazine, Luton Today, Lifestyle magazine, Outdoor Enthusiast magazine, The Bookbag, Abroad magazine, Strider magazine, Ham&High, The Argus, Namibia News, Transmitter magazine, East London Advertiser, Birkenhead News, Chester Standard, The Truth About Books, Active magazine, South African, Kingston Informer, Heswall NewsReading Evening Post, Travelhappy, Bromborough and Bebington News, Mama Tembo Times, Greenock Telegraph, Booksonline.co.uk, Gazette and Herald, Romford Recorder, Wigan News, The Wharf, Wimbledon Guardian, Wallasey News, Streatham Guardian, Chester Evening Leader, the East End Advertiser, Neston News and Docklands.