Author Archives: Vera

Vera’s Talk Themes

These are a selection of talks give by Vera recently and can be used as-is or we can develop the theme further, as required.

Carpe Diem
This talk will have you laughing and thinking again about everyday life. It is about real people who actually exist. People Vera has met, who have told her their amazing stories.  ‘We need to seize the day, we all have gifts and talents.’

Books that changed my life
Vera talks about the books that have done just that. Become intrigued and spellbound as she opens each volume.
Some over 60 years old, others modern and of this present era.

The art of storytelling
Since the publication of the first Bookbite magazine in which she wrote about storytelling Vera has been invited to talk about this old skill now being reinstated and valued once again.

‘Ahoy the Lights’
Shortly before the Scottish Lighthouse board introduced automation, Vera was invited to visit the light-keepers who were facing not only the loss of their jobs but a new and different life on the mainland. ‘A humbling experience meeting wonderful men and their families, never to be forgotten’

Why do we do it?
What makes us hoard and keep items. From that rubber band to grandmother’s ring. We all have our reasons. Come, listen and find out just why some of us collect whilst others are minimalists.

The Buckle End!
Until recently Vera toured America speaking and signing her books. This talk gives an insight into work in the ‘Bible-belt’ of Virginia.  She also describes the interesting experiences & characters she encountered in several other states.

Oops the joys & otherwise of public speaking
The title says it all!

Half a Rainbow
Do you want to feel more positive?
Be more confident and see life as half full rather than half empty? Then come and join with Vera as she gives tips and advice on how to recognize and acknowledge our own unique talents and gifts.

Strong Tea & Biscuits…………
Friendship, relationships, neighbours, old comrades. Vera explores the need so many of us have to enjoy the company of others. As always with Vera’s presentations humour is present throughout.

Tales of experience in the windy city!  Meeting the people of the mid west. A talk full of laughter and joy as the true tale is told.

Laughter the best medicine
Without humour life can be very dull.  Has your ‘Get up and go’ got up and gone? ‘Join Vera and re-charge your batteries!

Another Cup
An insight into Vera’s latest publication, with insights into her own experiences growing up in Manchester.
“I am so proud to been born a Mancunian.”

If you don’t immediately see a theme that fits with your programme, please get in touch. We can discuss your ideas and draw on Vera’s huge experience.

Lancashire Local Libraries

It was my pleasure to speak at Clayton-le-Woods Library in September, closely followed by my early October talk at Ormskirk Library as part of the Venus Voices programme.  It is always interesting and enjoyable to meet those  who support our libraries. Such interesting people come to hear me speak. The provision of Strong Tea and Biscuits afterwards as I sign my books brings a warmth and sense of belonging to the gathering.  There is nothing more satisfying to me than when, having finished my presentation, I have the chance whilst signing my books to chat with the members of the audience.

Even more rewarding is the further contact when my readers, sometimes weeks later, get in touch to let me know their reaction to my true stories.

Ormskirk is already booked on my library list for spring ……….watch this space!

I found myself absolutely engrossed – Vera was talking directly to me, wasn’t she?

If you haven’t heard Vera Waters speak, you should find the time to seek her out.

Vera is a quite remarkable woman.  You may not have heard of her, as indeed neither had I until recently.  But I’m glad I had the opportunity to meet her and then to hear her speak recently at two events.

Vera has led a very interesting life – a very full life.  The covert nature of her work, and the delicate nature of her work with Police Forces internationally, has meant that, until more recently, she has been unable to be as visible as she should.

Vera’s talks draw very much upon her own experiences of life and those whose lives have touched hers in one way or another, always retaining the complete confidentiality of the people involved of course!

She has a very natural story-telling style of talking – no Powerpoint presentations, or facts and figures here!   And, remarkably, her tales of dealing with and making the most of life, being independent, feeling good in your own skin and coping strategies really drew me in.

On the occasions I have heard Vera talk, I found myself absolutely engrossed – Vera was talking directly to me, wasn’t she?  There may as well have been no-one else in the room.  And yet, when I did steal a glance at her audience, I realised that everyone else in the room was equally as engrossed and probably also feeling that Vera was talking directly to them too and her audiences come back time and again.

Vera’s talks are absolutely full of gems that sometimes hit a nerve with her audience.  It’s difficult to explain.   You have to experience it.  But one thing’s for sure, you’ll come away, inspired, touched and wanting more.

Pam Clark – Skipton, Yorkshire

Peace Days with Vera

In March and September each year, I invite people to join me for a half day of reflection and renewal.  A special opportunity to restore the Inner self, reminding us that we are a combination of mind, body and spirit. To enrich this experience, we meet together at  the beautiful rural setting of Brinscall Hall.  Readers of my books will know what to expect!

For further details, please telephone the number on the Contact page.

Talks & Presentations

March proved to be an interesting month for me mainly due to my visit to Eccleston Library. People were invited to hear me speak whilst enjoying ‘strong Tea & biscuits’. As this is the title of one of my books it was very apt made possible by Julie, her staff and volunteers. There were as is usual familiar faces in the audience together with people I had not met before afterwards I signed copies of my books.

April was equally as interesting when having been invited to speak at Euxton library by Kath I found myself again facing a mixed audience of people some of whom come to hear me speak wherever I might be and have done so for years. They laughingly call themselves my ‘groupies’ and then there were the people I had not met before always a pleasure to meet new people. The session ended with my being invited to return again in September to share my experiences whilst presenting in the States and….. That work really came about because I met a lady on a train…………. But of course that’s another story in itself!

Although I have spoken to very large audiences especially during the decades when I was a ‘key-note’ conference speaker there is nothing quite as enjoyable as speaking in one of our libraries. The intimacy of being with a small group of people gives the speaker the chance to interact more easily with everyone. This is not possible during the ‘break’ at a conference attended by hundreds of people.

For me as a writer to be surrounded by books and other sources of information within a library gives me a feeling of ‘coming home’ possibly related to the fact that me and my dog share a house with 3000 books!

Our libraries are such amazing places with so much to offer in the community. The old fashioned silent image has long since been erased because libraries provide a life-line for many people. The staff put in a great deal of effort and let’s not forget the volunteers always on hand to help.

My new book will be published later this year available through this web-site, discerning book shops and Amazon.

It will also be possible to buy signed copies after my talks and presentations. Or you can simply call 0845 838 7403 direct and order a copy…


Vera Waters
19th May 2017….A good to be alive day!

I adore books – 25th Anniversary

I adore books, typically reading three or more every week, with a collection numbering into the 1000’s. My first love though is writing and my latest book was recently published. Penn Cottage Books celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015, having successfully self-published my first book, Half a Rainbow: Insight into Stress in 1990.

About Vera – archive copy

For over thirty years I have been pleased to speak to people in groups small or large; at conferences as a key-note speaker or meeting people at talks and book signings.

As a counsellor and life coach I am aware how important it is to choose the right speaker for your event after all the aim will be that the speaker will not only inform but entertain your audience. That is where the humour comes in, people do like a good laugh and so do I!

My career and life experience has taken me into many varied areas and situations. Trouble Shooter, Pioneer, an Agent of change – this is how the Press have described me over the years. From Berlin to Australia and then for the last 12 years America where I am billed as an inspirational/motivational speaker or as the Virginians say a ‘Stem-Winder’.

You would be correct in thinking that as the first counsellor ever retained to advise the Police from the private sector that my life has been spent advising and helping people to cope with problems. Indeed this is so, de-briefing officers in the aftermath of major incidents including the Manchester airport disaster in the 80’s was a very moving experience and the work with children has been of immense importance to me for these little ones are the future of mankind, they need to be cherished and nurtured.

I have always believed in the power of positive thinking no one ever said that this life would be easy however we have to make the best of it. Often I am asked why I continue to work in the way that I do my answer is that as long as I can help people I will go on.

It is important to live our lives not merely exist!

Every moment is precious, priceless in that we cannot bring back even a moment of the past we can only live in the present. My life has and continues to be varied and interesting because it is filled with people.

Every person I meet is unique, no two human beings have the same identical talents and gifts.

Your glass can easily be half full if you are a positive thinker.