Speaker Notes - MARCH & APRIL 2020
Please scroll down to find the Speaker's details, the names marked with an asterisk * are Dorridge U3A members
Date: Thursday 5th March
Topic: Monks, Druids and the Dark Ages
Speaker: Sharon Bradshaw
Sharon gained an LLB law degree after 3 years at University, and went on to finish training as a Solicitor. Her admittance certificate was signed by Lord Denning, Master of the Rolls, on 1st April, 1981 and she did this job for more than thirty years.
She decided to go to Swanwick, the UK writers’ summer school, during her annual break from work in 2009. When she went back to work she joined a local writers’ group, but this proved to be a mistake. As a beginner she was still lacking in confidence, but the members of the group enjoyed the process of instant writing, followed by a merciless critique.
She eventually decided to cancel her membership, and carry on writing at home. She submitted poems and the occasional short story, to competitions and anthologies; some of which, much to her delight, were accepted for publication.
She is now a self-published full time writer of fiction and poetry. Her first two books 'The Monk Who Cast a Spell', and its prequel 'A druid’s magic' are set during the period that she’s going to talk to us about this afternoon.
Date: Thursday 19th March
Topic: Mary Queen of Scots-the Captive Queen in England 1568-87
Speaker: David Templeman
David is an Elizabethan historian and author and who gives many talks to U3As and local history societies.
Date: Wednesday 25th March
Topic: Mercy Ships
Speaker: Mary Fearon
Mary Fearon a theatre nurse with the NHS volunteers during her annual three weeks leave to use her professional skills to work in one of the five operating theatres on the Mercy Ship. It was founded in 1978 and is a converted Italian Cruise liner which to date has visited over 592 ports performing over 84,000 life-changing surgeries on people who have no access to safe and affordable surgery. The Ship is run on a purely charitable basis by voluntary staff who live for either weeks, months or years on the ship.