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Patricia Glyn
Patricia Glyn
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Speaker
Location:
Johannesburg South Africa
Preferred Language:
English
Tags:
Adventurer,Author,Inspiration,motivation,Personal story,Professional Speaker,South Africa
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Keynote speaker Patricia Glyn spent two months in the Kalahari with a family of Khomani Bushmen, taking them back to places where they lived and roamed before they were evicted from what is now the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. It was a moving and memorable expedition during which the two elders of the family taught their youngsters about important heritage sites and rituals. Patricia learned a great deal about their traumatic history and fast-disappearing culture and her latest illustrated presentation is about this journey. She is currently writing a book about the trip which will be published later this year.

Her eco-adventure, called DAWID KRUIPER’S RETURN, had much to teach both Patricia and Dawid's family during their two months on pilgrimage. The team travelled in two 4X4 vehicles and, with SANParks’ permission, camped as close as possible to the designated sites and then walked to them. They were fully sufficient in food, water, satellite communications and fuel, and moved camp every few days, living off the land as much as possible.

The journey began in the Twee Rivieren area in the south of the Park and slowly proceed northwards, ending in the Grootkolk area. Some of the sites are mystical and involve ancient interactions between the Khomani and the wildlife of the Park. Others are more historical: Dawid was anxious, for instance, to spend time finding the site of the last battle in the German-Nama war of 1908, in which his grandfather took part as a tracker. Historians and archeologists have not been able to locate this despite several visits to the area.

The expedition is fully supported by SANParks and Management of the KTP as this is information which could prove useful to them in their cultural and heritage management of the Park and interesting for their visitors. Added to this, there are currently efforts to have this area declared a World Heritage Site, so any contributions towards the documentation and mapping of historically and culturally important sites and events that took place there are highly valuable.

Patricia is now presenting a new talk, based on this epic journey and adventure. If the success of her previous presentations are anything to go by, this will be something 'not to be missed'!

As if being hailed as one of South African's best speakers isn't enough, Patricia was also invited to speak at the World Economic Forum 2010, in Davos - Switzerland. As Davos is a-by-invitation only meeting of the world’s top business leaders, politicians, thinkers and media, it was a tremendous privilege to be given this opportunity! In addition to this prestigious invitation, Patricia was also requested to deliver her presentation at the New York Explorers’ Club and the Boston Travellers Club later on in 2010.

Patricia’s presentation's are both entertaining & fascinating! She shares her experiences when she travelled on foot through politically unstable Zimbabwe; it’s about the crew’s near disasters, their highs & lows & the wonder of camping in the great African outdoors.

It’s a tale about meeting challenges, facing fear & being rewarded with great insights & even greater peace. Patricia’s story is about reaching her destination through the kindness & hospitality of Africa’s rural people. The presentation is illustrated by 8 000 magnificent slides taken on the trip & wonderful video footage which was filmed for an international television documentary. It is also of particular interested to British audiences because Sir Richard George Glyn, in whose footsteps she followed, has descendants who live at Gaunts House, Dorset to this day. The 18th century Glyns became the fourth foreign party to reach the Victoria Falls after David Livingstone and the presentation is filled with fascinating material about the great Victorian adventurers, hunters and traders who came to Africa in the second half of the 19th century, inspired by David Livingstone’s account of his travels on this continent. Patricia is well travelled, extremely well read & spends most of her free time in Africa’s great wilderness areas. She spent an interesting two & a half months at Mount Everest, reporting an attempt by the Discovery Expedition to summit the world’s highest peak. For the past 10 years, she has done extensive media training for some of S A’s leading companies.
Keynote speaker Patricia Glyn spent two months in the Kalahari with a family of Khomani Bushmen, taking them back to places where they lived and roamed before they were evicted from what is now the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. It was a moving and memorable expedition during which the two elders of the family taught their youngsters about important heritage sites and rituals. Patricia learned a great deal about their traumatic history and fast-disappearing culture and her latest illustrated pres
Synopsis:
PATRICIA GLYN – synopsis of presentations

DAWID’S RETURN – A TALK BY PATRICIA GLYN

Once again, Patricia has been trekking through the African wilderness with a ghost. In 2005 she walked from Durban to the Victoria Falls in the footsteps of her long-dead ancestor Sir Richard Glyn. Last year (2011) she set off for the Kalahari, to find traces of a long-dead Bushman by the name of Makai Kruiper – a legendary mystic, hunter and leader who roamed ‘The Thirst Land’ a century ago. And by her side was Makai’s grandson, Dawid, a man as legendary as his forebear.

Dawid is the elected traditional leader of the Khomani Bushmen, who live near the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) which was once their homeland, and he embodies the most celebrated human rights victory for the Bushmen of Southern Africa.

In 1999, Dawid and his clan won a claim against the apartheid authorities that had robbed the Khomani of their ancestral land. In the years since that great day, however, lack of transport into the KTP has hindered the community from accessing all but a small portion of it. So the old man asked Patricia if she could help him mount an expedition to the places of great historical and cultural significance further into the National Park which Dawid had not visited since his youth, and which his children have never seen. So in April and June that is exactly what they did. In a deeply moving and poignant trek, the Kruiper family and Patricia’s team visited and documented birth, death and burial sites; mystical and sacred sites; battle sites and hunting grounds.

And once again, Patricia and her professional team of photographers and film makers have brought back thousands of photos and hours of footage, the best of which have been selected to illustrate her talk about this grand adventure.

The presentation is about how losing their land has brought the Khomani people to a state of utter despair and rage, and how going back to their heritage places helped to heal and restore them. The talk also discusses how winning the land claim did not necessarily result in a new and profitable life and the help claimants need in this complicated process.

The presentation is also about what Patricia witnessed on this trip: the fragments that remain in the Kalahari sand of a long-gone life; the extraordinary memory and tracking skills that helped Dawid find his grandfather’s artifacts, some 100 years after they’d been buried; the secrets that have been handed down from son to son.

This is also a story about just how much the Bushmen can teach us about respect for our natural resources and how to preserve them. Patricia demonstrates how the ‘old’ Bushman attitudes hold the key to our environmental future. She shows how little they consume, how much they value what they consume and how much they leave in place for the children’s children.

But it’s also an amusing talk about a journey with a group of irreverent story tellers, free spirits, hilarious mimics and loving people. Patricia’s presentation lasts approximately one hour but can be tailored to suit any conference timetable.


FOOTING WITH SIR RICHARD’S GHOST

In the footsteps of her ancestors and with her dog by her side, she walked 2 200 kilometres from Durban to the Victoria Falls.

Patricia’s journey shadowed that of her adventurer ancestors, Sir Richard Glyn and his brother Robert who came to Africa in 1863 because they’d read David Livingstone’s account of ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ and wanted to see this mighty cascade and to hunt Africa’s big game.

Using Richard’s diary about the old party’s trip, Patricia found and walked their route along the 19th-century wagon trails that once snaked along the great river systems of South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. She crashed through thick bush and deep Kalahari sand, walked unarmed in Big Five territory and consorted with Zimbabwe’s notorious ‘war veterans’. When her ancestors’ wagons moved, so did she, where they stopped for provisions, so did she – eventually reaching The Falls on exactly the same day as they had, 142 years later.

The talk highlights how much the subcontinent has changed in the century-and-a-half between these expeditions, and is rich with illustrations and photographs from famous Victorian hunting and trading expeditions. It describes the wagon life of old, the great African leaders and eccentric Boer elephant hunters who helped Richard and Robert on their way to the Falls. The presentation also looks at the impact which the early guns had on the wildlife of Southern Africa, and the devastating impact which cattle farming is having on the land today. In many of the areas Patricia walked through, rivers are dammed, ravines are choked with alien vegetation and people no longer live with their culture and traditions intact. But like that of her forebears, Patricia’s story is about reaching her destination through the kindness and hospitality of Africa’s rural people.

It’s also the story of her little dog, Tapiwa, who walked by her side, and the puppy they found dying in Botswana’s bush. It’s a tale about personal development, as the woman who could hardly read a map learned how to navigate by GPS and lead her two-person back-up team through the thirst land on the peripheries of the Kalahari. It’s about the crew’s near disasters, their highs and their lows. It’s about the wonder and simple delights of camping in the great African outdoors. It’s a tale about meeting challenges, facing fear and being rewarded with great insights and even greater peace. The presentation is brutally honest, extremely funny in places and deeply moving.

Patricia’s talk has a strong conservation message and demonstrates the great health benefits of walking, as this 46 year old woman managed the tremendous physical task of slaving through thick sand and thornveld for 25 to 40 kilometres per day.

The one-and-a-quarter hour presentation is illustrated by magnificent slides (a distillation of 8 000 taken on the trip) and wonderful video footage, as the journey was filmed for a television documentary. It is inspirational, entertaining and thought-provoking.
PATRICIA GLYN – synopsis of presentations

DAWID’S RETURN – A TALK BY PATRICIA GLYN

Once again, Patricia has been trekk
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TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS for Patricia Glyn

FOOTING WITH SIR RICHARD'S GHOST & DAWIDS RETURN - IMPORTANT TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH OF THESE TALKS.

This presentation comprises both slides and moving footage which are ‘driven’ by remote laser off an Applemac ibook G4, and its success is COMPLETELEY DEPENDANT ON THE QUALITY OF THE SOUND EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES.
The laptop and laser pointer will be supplied by Patricia Glyn, but the following items need to be supplied by the venue or organizers:

DIGITAL PROJECTOR with cable for laptop. Patricia has the appropriate dongle to make the Applemac port compatible. It would be ideal if the projector has a minimum of 2,500 ansi luminants in order to get high-quality visuals.

LARGE SCREEN – dimensions and quality dependant on size of audience, but the portable ‘pull-up’ screens traditionally used for home movies are NOT adequate.

AMPLIFIER OR MIXING DESK with mono jack to RCA cable to laptop. The desk can be six channels or smaller. The presenter speaks over some of the ‘movie clips’ and others are used without live ‘voice-over’, so sound from the computer and from the podium/microphone needs to be balanced through the mixing desk or amplifier. If possible Patricia would prefer a DI (Direct Input) box for the cable to the computer, but this is not essential.

MICROPHONE – preferably omni-directional lapel and not VHF to avoid fold-back. If a lapel ‘mic’ cannot be supplied Patricia favours a cordless microphone but can make do with a cable mic if absolutely necessary.

SPEAKERS – either two, four or six, dependant on size of audience. All to be mounted on stands.

INTRODUCTION for Patricia Glyn

Patricia Glyn made her name as a broadcaster on South African radio and TV where she hosted news and actuality programmes, did profile interviews, music shows, quizzes and documentaries.
 
During the 13 years she was on air, Patricia spent her vacations enjoying the great African outdoors. She hiked in wilderness areas, walked 500 kilometres through Zimbabwe at a rate of 50 kilometres per day, canoed sections of several of Africa’s great rivers, climbed Kilimanjaro twice, and Aconcagua (the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere) once – all but the last 300 metres when the team was beaten back by a killer storm.   
 
In 2003, Patricia decided to make adventures her living and she spent three months at Mount Everest, reporting on the Discovery team’s efforts to stand on top of the world.  Her daily journal describing life on this great mountain was later published as a popular book called “Off Peak”.  
 
Her next adventure was a 2 000 kilometre walk from Durban to the Victoria Falls in the footsteps of her ancestor, Sir Richard Glyn, who got to the Falls soon after David Livingstone.  The two thousand kilometre journey took her along the old hunter/trader routes to the interior of Africa, often off-road and often in Big Five territory.  “Footing with Sir Richard’s Ghost” is the book Patricia wrote about this odyssey and it is a best-seller in South Africa.
 
In 2011, Patricia spent two months in the Kalahari with a family of Khomani Bushmen, taking them back to places where they lived and roamed before they were evicted from what is now the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.  It was a moving and memorable expedition during which the two elders of the family taught their youngsters about important heritage sites and rituals. Patricia learned a great deal about their traumatic history and fast-disappearing culture and her latest illustrated presentation is about this journey.  Her book about this odyssey, What Dawid Knew, is already a best seller in South Africa and more than half the net profits from the book go towards a Trust which Patricia has founded for Khomani heritage preservation.
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS for Patricia Glyn

FOOTING WITH SIR RICHARD'S GHOST & DAWIDS RETURN - IMPORTANT TECHNICAL REQU
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