What They Say

 Thank you so much for delivering such an inspiring and well received series of talks 

Ruth Gooding, Arts Development Manager/THG Curator. October 2021


'John, that was a masterclass in improvisation. The lecture (GPO film Unit) was brilliant despite having no microphone, powerpoint or sound!'

Former Chair, Holland and Kesteven, Lincolnshire Arts Society.

Thank you so much for this outstanding lecture (German Art and Cinema between the Wars). The background knowledge of this time that you have and delivered was really great. It has been a wonderful evening.

Ann Marie, Arts Society Osnabruck, Germany, 2021


"I felt so excited when we finished; really enjoyed it. I thought your lecture was super. Almost as soon as we finished I had several emails saying how much they enjoyed the lecture"

Sally Kitching, South Gloucester Arts Appreciation Society, January 2021.


Thanks again for such a riveting (Zoom) lecture. We have had lots of very enthusiastic feedback. 

MaryAnne Lockie - Tunbridge Wells Arts Society


John wears his deep understanding of Hitchcock's cinematic technique art lightly, and this made the lecture so enjoyable. The use of close analysis, frame by frame, of Hitchcock's most effective horror scenes showed us how Hitchcock built up tension so effectively. John's use of humour helped lighten the fear!

Kaye Bowerman - Chair, De La Frontera Arts Society, Spain, January 2020


...your lecture was brilliant last night. During your lecture I felt all the excitement of my film making days coming back and for that I thank you.

Chris James, Film maker, West Cornwall Arts Society, November 2019


It was a very successful evening, John. People commented that it was a great insight into Hitchcock's psyche and we can now look at his work again in a completely new way.

Grace Menabola, Programme Secretary - the Arts Society, Benahavis, Spain. October 2019


Yesterday evening's talk was fabulous; I'ave had lots of good comments and feedback - thank you.

Robert Newton, Honorary Secretary, Penang Arts Society, Malaysia


Wonderful talk, really made me think about the nature of advertising

Barbara Williams, Penang Arts Society Malaysia


The only problem that I had with your talk John, was that it wasn't long enough. I did not want it to end.

South Gloucester Arts Society, - The Urge to buy and the art of advertising, June 2019


Many thanks for giving us such a wonderful talk. Our members were very enthusiastic afterwards.

Christine Thomas, Arts Society North Kent - Study morning on Hitchcock. May 2019


I only heard very positive feedback... and for me it was a triumph to steer away a little from Raphael, Leonardo, Rembrant et al. and look at great artists from a different perspective so I was very grateful to you for giving such a fine performance (Hitchcock Lecture).

Professor Chris Sutton, Arts Society, Woking  April 2019


Good content, excellent presentation, most interesting.

A real surprise, fascinating content, I will be on Youtube for Nightmail.

Wonderful, 'Nightmail' bought back many memories

Sedgemoor Arts Society, Somerset, UK. 


We enjoyed having you John. I am very much enjoying our varied lectures this season. I learned a lot today.

Jill Glazier, Chairman West Dorset Arts Society


I am writing, rather belatedly, on behalf of ADFAS Rockhampton, Queensland to thank you very much for the wonderful lecture you presented to our society in September.

I have heard glowing reports about your patience, calm and resilience, whilst presenting you lecture. 

 Janet Gentle, Honorary Secretary, ADFAS Rockhampton.


On behalf of the Association of ADFAS Lecturers Committee and all the Societies on the Cook Circuit I would like to thank you for contributing to such a wonderful series of lecturers for 2018.

Nan Robertson  Chairman Lecturers Committee Association of ADFAS Inc


I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour.  I have had the loveliest comments made to me about you – so you were truly a delight to have.  I hope you had a safe trip home,

Sally Green, Executive Committee Assistant, ADFAS


It was lovely to have you visit us on the Sunshine Coast and everybody I have spoken to enjoyed your lecture very much and found it most eye opening.

 Audrey Raymond, Chairman Sunshine Coast


Once again thank you for your time with us at ADFAS Brisbane.

The Interest Day and the lectures were enjoyed by all. Such interesting topics.

 Frances Maitland Chairman ADFAS Brisbane


I heard the excellent interview with you on ABC Radio this morning – thank you for your support of our promotion of your lecture.

Jeanette Gatenby, Chair Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society Launceston


Thank you so very much for coming to us on the Cook Circuit.

Everyone enjoyed your lectures and meeting you too and I hope you will visit us again on one of the other circuits.

Alison Bennett Cook Lecture tour co-ordinator


Pedagogy workshops

For me this was the best Arena event I have attended, super interesting and enjoyable and sparked lots of ideas in terms of how I could apply it in my teaching.

Dr Sarah Warnes, Senior Teaching Fellow, UCL School of Management


Sent to Arena co-ordinator - One of the participants would like to know if you have written any papers she can use in her dissertation. She found your event amazing and inspirational!

Great session, thank you John

John was great at explaining the concept

Best session yet

University College London Arena Staff Development



John Francis Lecturer