“The Olivia Colman of WI speakers”Anita Smillie – President Newbury WI
“A very amusing lady”Chazey WI – as told to Henley Standard
In September 2016, to a packed Memorial Hall in Thatcham, I began to tell a story that I called “From Council House, via Corporate, to Comic”. A mixture of spoken word, poetry and stand up, it was a look at my experiences in life so far with a firm focus on making light of everything – from big scary stuff like death to trivial things like tights.
The event was the Berkshire Federation of Women’s Institutes Speaker Selection meeting. The result was a swathe of bookings that has turned into a ‘tour’ – taking in groups across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire and incorporating a second poetry-focused performance entitled “I Need a Wife”.
So far I have performed for more than 30 groups (and harbour an ambition to perform at the National conference!). In the process, I have met women who were coders before it was cool, groups who have more energy and enthusiasm than a club full of millennials, and the lady that used to run the pub I met my husband in.
I have bookings up to 2021 but can always find space for more. To book a date for your WI, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Performances so far
- Calcot Afternoon WI
- Littlewick Green
- Pound Green
- Sulhamstead & Ufton
- Yateley & Yateley Green