Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Current Talk List

Byron Machin is a documentary maker, writer, professional lecturer and Geography teacher from the Staffordshire Moorlands. Born in the town of Leek, he has had a passion for all aspects of landscape history since he was a young boy. His current series of talks reflects the passions and interests which he has been researching for many years. Byron has recently been in the news for creating a four part, eight hour documentary series containing a wealth of information on the history, wildlife, folklore and landscape of the Peak District. The film has been commended not only for its presentation and level of information but also its dangerous and compelling footage of underground and inaccessible locations. In addition to writing and documentary making Byron is also a keen Botanist and Entomologist, at this moment finishing a 7 year research project on the wild Orchids of the Peak District.

CURRENT TALKS (Updated 2016)

Peak District Themed Talks
The Mist Covered Mountains of Home, A Photographic Journey
The Mines of the Peak District: A Story in Stone
The Stone Circles of the Peak District
The Folklore of the Staffordshire Moorlands
The Wild Orchids of the Peak District
The Rare Wild Flowers of the Peak District
The Butterflies of the Peak District

Landscapes of Britain Series
Each of these talks explores the Geology, Archaeology, History, Archaeology Folklore & Nature of Britain's most iconic landscapes, and is full of Byron's stunning photography. Each talk features a wealth of secret places and magical wildlife that will stir the urge to explore!
The Lake District

Extra Information
All talks last for around 70 minutes and are accompanied by high quality PowerPoint presentations and examples of Byron’s stunning landscape and macro-photography. Each is set up to be 40 minutes, followed by a break, then 30 minutes and time for questions.
Available for a 30 mile radius around Leek (Staffordshire) including: Macclesfield, Congleton, Buxton, Bakewell, Matlock, Chesterfield, Derby, Uttoxeter, Stoke-on-Trent, etc.
I provide all equipment including digital projector, screen and speakers.
Please contact me to discuss fee/expenses as it varies according to distance and group size.

Contact Details
Please contact me for any extra information.
Byron Machin, 49 North Street, Leek, Staffordshire, ST138DW.

Reviews of Byron Machin’s Documentaries:
“This film is the result of a life-long love of the moorlands and its landscapes” – The Sentinel
“It’s an appealing video to watch. It’s interesting and informative, and Byron has something of Professor Brian Cox about him; enthusiastic about his topic, and similarly youthful and keen. Anyone with an interest in mining or industrial archaeology should give it a go!” – The Sandbach Chronicle
“Filmed footage and underground footage give unprecedented glimpses into dozens of mines throughout Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire” – The Leek Post and Times
“A passion for archaeology and education is the inspiration behind this documentary ... a hard-hat to follow!” – The Buxton Advertiser
“The Teacher in Machin throws in plenty of drawings and diagrams but this is no classroom text and after the basics are covered he heads of underground into places that are clearly dangerous and physically demanding” – The Crewe Chronicle
“Filming in mines obviously brought a number of challenges for Byron, but it provides for experiences we will never forget” – The Matlock Mercury
“Filmed in the open air and down caves, and wind and darkness are not friends of amateur film-makers, but this only adds to the atmosphere of the documentary” – The Congleton Chronicle
For more information on Byron’s new documentary visit: http://sevenstonespublishing.blogspot.com