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Bettany delights in speaking to a live audience. Her verve, range and depth of knowledge means she is in great demand as both an inspirational and an academic speaker.


Her recent talks have included the following:


  • Sell-out tours of international literary festivals

  • Keynotes (for example at the launch of the consultation for a new National Curriculum)

  • Women-only nights

  • Business orientated symposia following Davos

  • After-dinner evenings

  • Late-night openings at the Victoria and Albert Museum

  • Pre-performance discussions of Classical plays

  • Interviews and conversations with other authors at the Southbank centre

  • Academic lectures and seminars as well as cross-legged on the floor encounters with groups of 7-year olds! 


Those who have invited Bettany to talk over the past few years include the British Museum, the British Library, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Oxford University ,the Gstaad Symposium, the Greek Embassy, the King of Morocco, the Royal Society, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, the Institute of Historical Research, the Historical Association, Royal Holloway College, the Edinburgh International Television Festival, the JACT Classics Summer School, Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival, and the Southbank Centre.

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