Simon has become a popular speaker, appearing at a variety of prestigious literary festivals, writers' schools, at libraries, universities and colleges, and on cruise ships, talking to audiences ranging from a dozen to 1500.
His after dinner style talks offer an insight into the writing process, with reflections both poignant and humorous on an author's inspirations, the wonderful art of people watching to help build your characters, what to do when dealing with strangely obsessed fans, and why a very bad experience means there's no sex in his novels.
There's also a taste of the extraordinary life of a television news correspondent, from Simon's time covering some of the biggest stories Britain has ever known - such as the 7/7 suicide bombings in London - to the lighter side of the media life, including how to handle a complaint from Mary Whitehouse and the now notorious story of What to do when you really need a dead otter.
Or Simon can offer a straightforward talk about how to become an author, with insider tips on the industry.
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