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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!

Venus Voices

I’m delighted to have been invited to speak at this local library. I’ve spoken to groups in many libraries but this will be my first presentation at the ‘library near Asda!’

There is something special about library activities. Lots of warmth and interest in a varied programme provided for all age groups. Interested and dedicated staff add to the whole ambiance of the events.

This talk is part of the Venus Voices programme which is a celebration of those amazing women who fought for women to be given the right to vote. I will be speaking of some of my own humble yet very interesting experiences especially early in my career when women were not considered to be as ‘able’ as their male counterparts.

The press & media describe me as a ‘pioneering’ woman and I soon became aware how important it is to have the confidence to see the humour in so many situations.

I do hope you will join me on Wednesday 19th September 2018 at 1pm.

Come along and enjoy this positive experience

Afterwards I will be signing copies of my books as we enjoy a cup of tea together.

I look forward to seeing you.

Take care

Vera Waters

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.

The Book Launch

The Book Launch

A night to remember,
A room full of interesting people,
The sound of laughter
Music playing
The tinkling of cups on saucers
People eating cake & drinking tea
What more could any author want,
As avid readers lined up to buy my latest book.
A book launched with a room full of people I had encountered!
My privilege, to have met them all!

VW November 2017

Big Interview, by Nicola Jaques, Lancashire Post

One of Vera’s favourite interviews, she said Nicola ‘showed a lot of interest and empathy, she did a great job. I really enjoyed speaking with her’.

Caring Chorley pioneer took a Red Rose heart all around the world

“Observing to understand” that is how inspirational speaker, life coach and author Vera Waters would describe the make -up of her life’s work. She has quite the resume.

From pioneering change in the 1960s for the better treatment of teenage offenders, to an appointment as the first voluntary service co-ordinator in the health service before turning attentions to counselling police forces nationally. She has trained and counselled nurses, doctors, entertainers, actors, dancers, airline crews to those in the finance sectors. Her lectures and presentations have taken her all over the world from Europe to America to Australia coupled with regular appearances on the radio.

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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!

Eccleston Library Visit 2017

Our libraries are so important. No longer places of silence and sombre faces, they are now full of life and vibrancy. They have become  special meeting places, centres in which to find social contact as well as learning, enjoyment, information and help. It’s because of this that I am delighted to say that I’ve been invited to visit Eccleston Library on Wednesday 8th March

Come along and join me at  11 A.M. to  ‘Meet the Author’ in an informal setting. Admission is free  however, as we are going to share tea & biscuits whilst I talk about my more humorous experiences in life, and how to get that ‘feel-good’ factor, Julie and the staff need to know how many people to expect.

You  can pop in and collect your ticket at the library, or alternatively, call 0300 123 6703 to book a place.

When I‘ve finished speaking I will be signing copies of my books. At present, I’m busy working on my new book, and meeting people like you is always encouraging to me. I’ll be delighted to see you. Until then its back to work for me!

Take care

Vera Waters

Oldham Library – “a fantastic & inspiring talk”

I met some lovely people this week at Oldham Library where I was speaking as part of their Mindfulness series. It was a lunchtime session, well attended, a warm welcome and tea of course. A great audience – 83% rated the session as ‘Excellent’. Many thanks to Richard, Kate and Holly.

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