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Writers and Speakers  Wilma Hayes            & Mike Watkins In the Sticks Talks

Married and living in a 17th century cottage on the borders of Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and the Marches Mike & Wilma have been speaking to clubs, societies and groups for nearly 15 years.

Both are interested in history and greatly enjoy the research that goes into preparing and creating a talk. Wilma’s talks on the Empress of Ireland and WW1 War Diary have their origins in family history. A particular interest of Wilma’s, the Empress, also plays a part in one of the Titanic stories.

Mike, as well as being chairman of his local history society, has an interest in canals and is chairman of the Friends of the Leominster Canal. With a life-long love of carpentry, a half acre of garden and their old black & white cottage to maintain, Mike keeps himself pretty much out of trouble!


Wilma, who moved to England from Canada in the mid 1980s has, as they say, come home! Having lived for many years in Surrey, she and Mike now live near Ludlow in south Shropshire, not far from Much Wenlock where her ancestors lived in the 1800s. A writer, Wilma can be found most days tapping away on her computer key board only raising a head when it’s time for coffee! She has written and published several novels, edited and contributed to a non fiction history book and regularly writes for magazines and publications both here and in Canada. Please visit the Publications page to find out more.

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