‘That was one of the best, if not THE best lecture I’ve ever seen at the RGS….’
I give numerous talks about travel and adventures on two and three wheels. These have ranged from speaking to 750 people at London’s illustrious Royal Geographical Society to recounting adventure stories to wide-eyed eight year olds in schools.
Amongst those I’ve spoken for are: The Financial Times, The Wilderness Lectures, Kendal Mountain Festival, The Royal Geographical Society, Cheltenham Literary Festival, The Adventure Travel Show, The Telegraph Adventure Travel Show, The Adventure Travel Film Festival, Shambala Festival, Port Eliot Festival, Wycombe Abbey School, Immrama Festival of Travel Writing and the Wigtown Book Festival. My talks are designed to inspire and entertain people of all ages, and hopefully encourage them to get out there and have their own adventures – whether they be near or far. I’m happy to talk to literary festivals, bikers, women’s groups, history societies, adventure enthusiasts, schools, corporations or generally anyone who likes to hear a good old adventure yarn.
If you’re interested in hiring me for a talk drop me a line here.
Upcoming talks and book signings are:
Ebeneezer’s at the Seed Factory, Aller, Somerset
In conversation with Lois Pryce about female solo travel.
Land of the Dawn-lit Mountains
Here’s what a couple of people have said about my talks…..
“The audience were amused and informed but, above all, they left inspired. Antonia is as impressive a communicator as she is an adventurer. She will be back if we have anything to do with it.” Adrian Turpin, Wigtown Book Festival, Scotland.
“Antonia delivered a stunning lecture on her journey through the Eastern Himalayas. We were as entranced by the tales of head-hunters and animal sacrifice as we were by Antonia’s skill at keeping an audience ranging between 6 and 60 (possibly more!) spell-bound. From animations of the Indian and Eurasian plates crashing together 50 million years ago, to roast rats and bats, to pictures of Ting Tong the tuk-tuk and Hero the Motorcycle, there was an overriding message I wholly endorse: about making connections, about getting beyond one’s comfort zone, about trusting instinct, about the way smiles and kindness transcend language barriers and difference. It was a blisteringly good show showing fun and wisdom as close bed-fellows.” Fred de Falbe, Headmaster, Beeston Hall School.
“Ants was the star of the show at the Adventure Travel Film Festival 2014. Entertaining and inspiring, she kept the audience spellbound with great stories and pictures, and her talk was so popular she had to put on a repeat performance!” Lois Pryce, founder of the Adventure Travel Film Festival.
“Once again, Ants has given us a wonderfully illustrated and thought-provoking talk about one of her extraordinary trips. This was the third time she’s spoken for us. Recounting her experiences riding through countries still suffering from the curse of unexploded Vietnam War ordnance, Ants’ talk vividly reminded us of man’s inhumanity to other men whilst also restoring faith in human nature. Brilliant; we’re intending to book her for our next season, to hear about her latest adventures in Arunachal Pradesh. Her talks are highly amusing, entertaining and informative accounts of outrageous adventures.” Dick Willis, Wilderness Lectures, Bristol
“Thank you for giving such an excellent talk. Of the near forty speakers we have arranged over the last ten years your talk was delivered with more passion and enthusiasm than all. I heard Kate Adie talk a few months ago and I put you up there in her bracket.” Jock Wingfield, McNally Society.
“Yet another brilliant talk...your positiveness, genuine interest in others and guts is inspirational.“ Paul Milner, Norfolk Advanced Motorcyclists.
“Ants delivers daring details of derring-do with much mirth, modesty, wit and wisdom. She makes even the most seemingly hare-brained adventures feel amazingly accessible and achievable, but still awesomely inspiring.” Ed Gillespie, Shambala Festival’s ‘Emporium of Invaluable Insights.’
‘The highlight of my year.‘ Email from audience member at the Royal Geographical Society. October 2015.
‘That was one of the best, if not THE best lecture I’ve ever seen at the RGS.‘ Email from a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society after my October 2015 talk.
‘The best talk I’ve seen at the RGS in at least two years.‘ Email from audience member at the Royal Geographical Society after my October 2015 lecture.
‘Antonia’s talk was breathtaking in its scope and content, delivered with a calm and wry amusement at times which belied the courage and ambition of her journey. The students loved the chance to gain a deeper insight into an aspect of the Vietnam War they had only touched on in their GCSE History course, as well as enjoying the images of the appealing Honda Cub motorbike in various stages of muddiness as ‘she’ struggled along the Ho Chi Min trail. There were incredible images, both on screen and in our minds, as Antonia explained some of the statistics and scenes she came across on this journey. Talk and ideas about this and their won possible future challenges went on long into the evening and we are looking forward to her next visit after the forthcoming expedition.’ Fiona Donaldson, Head of Sixth Form, Bruton School for Girls.
“I have seen Ants speak twice to very different audiences about her travel writing. Erudite, witty and above all engaging, she is a first class speaker with a sensitive approach and takes great care to make her content relevant to those she is addressing. I couldn’t recommend her more highly.” Shane o’ Neil, Emanuel School, London.
“A.C Grayling was boring – this was much better.” 6th former, Emanuel School, Battersea
“Ants was a splendid and fascinating speaker. Not only did she enthrall a mixed 6-80 year old audience, but her tales of what the rest of us would consider daring do were so engagingly told that, for a few brief minutes, we all thought we could emulate her achievements – then sanity returned. That she managed to pitch her talk so expertly is a testimony to her ability to weave a tale that more than whetted our appetites to read her books. Thanks SO MUCH.” Andy Williams, Lytchett Minster School, Dorset.
“Having travelled through Vietnam myself, Ants’ talk at the Travel Adventure Show opened my eyes to the reality and the fragility of the Ho Chi Minh trail. Her talk and photographs were fascinating. She’s a true inspiration for solo women travellers everywhere.” Gemma Thompson, editor of A Girl’s Guide to Travelling Alone