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WI Speaker

Sulhamstead & Ufton WI meeting

WI Speaker

“The Olivia Colman of WI speakers”

Anita Smillie – Chairperson, Newbury WI

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 from Basildon (Berks) through to Woosehill & Wokingham.

So far I have performed for more than half of the Federation’s groups (and harbour an ambition to perform for them all!). In the process, I have met women who were coders before it was fashionable, groups who have more energy and enthusiasm than a pub full of millennials, and the lady that used to run the pub I met my husband in.

Being the organised group that they are, I have bookings up to 2020 but can always find space for more. To book a date for your WI, email me at toni@tonikent.co.uk.

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