ZOOM PRESENTATIONS

Talks available on Zoom with Powerpoint slides. I do not charge a fee, donations to a charity would be appreciated.

‘EXTRACTS FROM ACCOUNTS OF DANGEROUS JOURNEYS IN BURMA WW2 WITH MANY HISTORIC PHOTOS’ 

‘SCARY AND STARTLING – WHAT I DISCOVERED ABOUT CHINA WHEN EXPLORING ACCOUNTS FROM MY FAMILY’.

These talks relate to my books, extracts of which can be read on www.FeedARead.com and Amazon, more details on  www.speakernet.co.uk where there are contact details.

What has always interested me are the human stories told against the backdrop of dramatic and dangerous years in the Far East. I inherited and was also given significant material and photographs which relate to Burma and China, countries of great interest as we move through the 21st century.  With the China talk I have discovered additional material since I wrote the book ‘Lives in Burma and China 1927 -1951’.

 

This photo is my Uncle Joe in China during very dangerous years when the British were advised to leave.  But this family stayed and were often surrounded by much danger, and their 6 month journey home in 1943 is incredible. In 1944 after they left Guilin, (getting lifts in US Army trucks to Kunming) 300,000 Chinese were evacuated and the US Air Base was destroyed as the advance of the Japanese could no longer be held back, though there were a number of other US Air Bases in China in those terrible months of the Pacific War.

While putting this talk together I have been watching a lot of old news film, it's utterly startling to see events happening that I had previously known about through reading the history.

MY FIRST BOOK

This was my first book, originally with the title 'Distant and Dangerous Days in Burma and China'. Now a revised paperback and Kindle. With true stories from civil wars and WW2, based on many original documents and including unique accounts from Burmese and Karen people of their experiences during the Japanese occupation, and with over 100 original photos taken by my aunt. 

PHOTOS have been taken out of the KINDLE version, some of these can be seen on the PHOTOS FROM BOOKS 1 page

Here is an introduction from an early version written in 2011 when the Burmese military government were still in power. Although I wrote another introduction later this reminds me of how it felt early on in the writing process. 

This book is a precarious structure built on fragments of memories.  However I hope these memories are striking and unusual enough to justify the brief accounts of history surrounding them. There are already books written about the history of China, the wars in the Far East, Burma under the military regime and long standing ethnic civil wars. The material I acquired revealed people in dangerous situations and what I decided to use to link it all together is what I found to be significant and interesting. A great deal is not included, and the more I have read about these countries and this period of history the more I have been aware that I have ‘skated over the surface’ of events. My intention is to share in an objective way the material I acquired which connects with terrible events both past and present in countries far removed from my own experience.

 

MY SECOND BOOK

'Stories of Survival in Burma WW2' is a paperback and Kindle, the photos have been taken out of the Kindle version, some can be seen on the PHOTOS FROM BOOKS 2 page 

'Four striking accounts of refugee journeys from Burma during WW2 are intertwined with history and original photos.   In 1941/42 the country was invaded by the Imperial Empire of Japan and tens of thousands fled, many to India.  After May 8th the only way out was to trek through dense jungle and over steep mountains...'  There are many photos in the paperback, including ones taken by Dr Russell on his dangerous journey.'  

 

EXTRACTS FROM ALL MY BOOKS CAN BE READ ON www.FeedARead.com

BOOKS AND PIANO RECITALS

Since 2011 I have written a number of non-fiction books, a trilogy of novels and a children's book. I divide my time between writing in some form, piano work usually doing several recitals each year, giving books talks, painting and developing photography and digital art, and playing the fiddle in a folk band.

RECENT CONCERT REVIEWS:

SAT SEPT 29th   2018 (in aid of the organ fund) from Charles Pavey, Director of Music at Holy Trinity Church, North Malvern: ‘Elizabeth performed a short recital as part of the Holy Trinity, Malvern's Music Marathon Day.  Her programme, which was well constructed and varied, created another level of contrast to the whole day and was thoroughly prepared.  She engaged with the appreciative audience and this added to her professional presentation. But above all, it was her total mastery of the instrument that shone through most.'   

FEB. 2019 A lunchtime concert at Chapel Arts, Cheltenham from Andrew Auster, Chairman of the Cheltenham Music Festival Society ‘Congratulations Elizabeth on a splendid concert … All 36 attendees (I counted!) thoroughly enjoyed your programme. I particularly liked the Bloch ‘Poems of the Sea’, pieces I did not know, and a far more enjoyable experience than when listening to Bloch accompanying the Dentist’s drill ...  in my teenage years!...  Thank you again for agreeing to perform at such short notice.'

SEPT. 2019 from William Griffiths, Rugby Warwickshire ‘Elizabeth Tebby Germaine gave a lunchtime piano recital at St Andrew’s Church in September 2019. Her programme was a carefully selected and varied sequence of classic piano repertoire, from Bach’s 48 to Percy Grainger’s Irish reels. Between these bookends she gave us Schumann’s “In der Nacht” and Chopin’s Nocturne in F# major, “two pieces associated with the night”, followed by Ravel’s Jeux d’eau. With her sympathetic brief spoken introductions to each section, Elizabeth achieved a very satisfying and enjoyable entertainment. The audience was delighted to meet a deeply musical artist and looks forward to further visits from this very intelligent pianist.’

 

TALKS and REVIEWS

I enjoy talking about the Burma books and also my novels. Details of talks are on www.speakernet.co.uk 

from:  Dr Rona Laycock, poet, creative writing teacher, editor of Graffiti and founder of Writers in the Brewery, Cirencester  'Elizabeth Tebby Germaine headlines at Writers in the Brewery, 28 March. We were delighted to welcome Elizabeth to our meeting at Writers in the Brewery on the evening of 28th of March. She kept us intrigued and enthralled by her account of her writing progress and readings from her novel. It was lovely to have a guest who connected with the group and who was able to encourage and answer questions and who managed all that with great good humour.'

SEPT. 2017 Talk about the Burma books. Thanks to the U3A Travel Group for the warm welcome at the Guildhall Cinema Gloucester, and it was good to hear your stories that connected with Myanmar  
After a talk to the U3A Earlsdon, Coventry, from Dave and Sue Wright,Joint speaker secretary  'We would like to express our sincere gratitude for your talk on experiences in Burma. It was a fascinating talk regarding a very difficult time in history. It was even more poignant due to your personal involvement with the subject. I am sure it was appreciated by all members present and  expanded all our knowledge of Burma and its troubled past and present. Thanks again.' 
November 2019  from  C.J.Boyd - Cheltenham Probus Club member:    “Elizabeth gave us an interesting and informative talk on China in the Second World War, illustrated with helpful maps. Her presentation also provided a valuable insight into the broader history of China in the first half of the 20th Century.”
November 2019, from John Higgins, Newent U3A  "Thanks to Elizabeth for providing an insight into one of the little-known aspects of World War 2, the military and civilian evacuation of Burma following the Japanese invasion.  This was all the more poignant due to her family involvement in the arduous escape. Illustrated with plentiful, and probably quite rare, photographs from the time.  This was a talk to make many of us reflect on the horrors of that part of our history."