Melanie Gibson-Barton - "a really entertaining speaker" 

Zoom talks available - I am currently giving talks via -  for your members to enjoy in their own homes at a time to suit your society, group or club.   I can even offer talks via telephone conference.  I have my own unlimited time that we can use or you may have your own Pro-Zoom.  E-mail me or telephone to discuss arranging this easy-to-use facility:  or  07900 637171                                                                                                                                                                                          East Malling WI: 'Thank you for presenting our very first talk via Zoom. You are such a compelling speaker'                                                                                                                          Thame and District U3A:  "thank you for bringing your professionalism to our first attempt at a large Zoom meeting", "we found your 'Eva Braun - Victim or Contriver?' talk fascinating" "U3A is all about Learn, Laugh and Live - today brought all these aspects together".                                                                                                                          Shepherdswell WI: 'Thank you so much for the talk and for your help guiding our members with the on-line technology. It was great to see everyone saying hello to each other at the beginning and for them to see how well an on-line meeting can work. The talk was brilliant and I'm sure it made a nice change, in the current climate, for our members to watch something other than TV from the comfort of their own home.                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oxfordshire WI were entertained with my 'Life and Times of Edith Cavell' talk via Zoom in May and responded:  "Everyone so enjoyed your talk this afternoon – it was absolutely fascinating and we all learnt so much.  It is lovely to be able to sit back and have information and facts delivered so eloquently - a real treat.  In July - Thank you so much for another wonderful talk.  The story of 'Eva Braun - Victim or Contriver?' was just so fascinating and told so well by you – very much enjoyed by the audience.  We've received lovely e-mails and comments.                                                                                                                                                                          I was honoured to be asked to give a many of my talks on-line for the WI Denman College.  "Throughly excellent talk (Eva Braun - Victim or Contriver?), wonderfully composed and delivered"                                                                                                                                                                              July - I was delighted to be invited to undertake my first telephone talk via the Macular Society telephone conference support facility.  It was fascinating to do and well received.                                                                                                          I am a registered Mirthy Speaker and provide on-line talks via Mirthy - a social enterprise company - to McCarthy & Stone residents and many social groups - see )    

                                                                                              Info.:  I am currently taking bookings for LIVE (!) talks in 2021, 2022 and even 2023 - my diaries are filling fast and I would love to give one of my talks for you. 

"The best speaker we've had" is a regular comment I receive with delight.


I have delivered my talks to an enormous variety of groups of all sizes over the years.

My smallest audience to date?  Seven - a group in Chislehurst I am regularly invited back to.  My biggest audience to date?  Six hundred.  From auditoriums to a conservatory in a back garden, from Annual Council Meetings for WI Federations and AGMs, to afternoon tea parties, military societies, U3A, horticultural, friendship, church, Rotary, ARA, Probus, CSMA, Trefoil, Oddfellows and National Trust societies.  


I simply love giving talks - and they have even been described as 'not a talk but a performance' - and meeting new audiences.  I am a full time speaker and give talks in the mornings, afternoons and evenings and I enjoy regular repeat bookings. I charge a competitive fully inclusive fee - I do not charge per mile - and I bring all my own equipment so you can sit back and relax.


Over the years I have increased the number of subjects that I offer to reflect my expanding interests - see my list of talks pages for details.  I also regularly undertake commissions for talks, for example, Leigh WI celebrated their 100 year birthday and asked me to produce a talk about Suffragettes for them, resulting in my popular 'Suffragettes and Suffragists - Votes for Women' talk.  


I have passed auditions to become a registered speaker with the East Kent, West Kent and East and West Sussex Federations of Women's Institutes - West Sussex gave me their Annual Council Meeting spot at the Assembly Halls in Worthing! You will find my name on national speaker registers such as Mirthy and Dianne Mannering's national website Public Speakers Corner.  You can be confident of a high quality presentation.


Sit back and relax while I provide your audience with a professional, informative and entertaining presentation, accompanied by colourful powerpoint slides.  I bring all my own equipment - I'm entirely self-sufficient! - and just need a wall socket to plug into. My equipment includes a screen and a natty sound system - so your audience will hear me.  I give my talks without reading from notes.  Book with confidence (and, I hear, enjoy the congratulations of your group for booking me!) - and requests to book me again! 


Let down by your speaker the day before your event? - just ask me, I can often step in at short notice for you. 


My base is in the South East but I am always delighted to travel further afield and charge a competitive, inclusive fee - I don't charge per mile - just ask.


I look forward to receiving your enquiry and, of course, your booking!


Yours     Melanie


Call me on 07900 637171 or email




Please find the Guide for booking Speakers/T&Cs in the Contact section of the website


I am currently taking bookings for Live talks in 2021, 2022 and 2023 - when booking, please consider having an alternative date ready - just in case! - to avoid your disappointment - and mine!  I would love to give a talk for you and the diaries are filling fast.