About Paul Curtis
Paul has worked as a columnist for the national press and been a magazine editor and publisher of several photography, video and audio publications. On the art of taking a good snap he was a frequent lecturer and commentator for television radio and the press. He is a Honourary Fellow of the Australia Institute of Professional Photography
Whilst still in his teens, he went to sea as a ship’s photographer and worked on ten different ships. His job evolved to managing the ship’s photo units, photo and electrical shops and cinemas. He eventually swopped his camera for a microphone to become the Cabin Class Entertainment’s officer aboard the original Cunard liner Queen Mary. He travelled on the final transatlantic of this famous ship and also joined the Queen Mary Two for her maiden voyage.
He eventually moved to Australia where he was an early adopter of the technology that enabled him to do most of work while sitting on small boats or travelling on large ships.
He has written four books and his latest release, High Tea on the Cunard Queens, is not a boring treatise of facts and figures about engine rooms and technical issues but about life at sea itself. His writing has a chatty style and his stories reveal the tales of antics of both passengers and crews. The fun facts are delivered with levity, along with things you should know about and an occasional peep at things you shouldn’t!
Just turning the pages releases a sniff of the sea and a whiff of champagne. Paul has either worked or traveled on every Cunard Queen ever built. He has offbeat humour and a sense of the ridiculous. A life at sea can do that to you.
High Tea on the Cunard Queens is published by History Press and distributed in Europe, the United States, Australia and onboard libraries.
An exerienced presenter and former Entertainment Officer aboard the original RMS Queen Mary. Paul has worked or travelled on every Cunard Queen ever built and tells the history of these ships in an amusing and entertaining manner and focuses on how passenger life has changed over the decade HIs talk is informative but does not deal with the specifications of engine rooms but instead focuses on the human issues of cruising. llustrated with photos and video clips.
Illustrated with many photographs Paul tells the key stories about cruise ships with an interesting history. Many of the stories come from ships that Paul has sailed on.Paul has written four books on cruise ships.
As an acknlowedged expert on photography and a former editor and publisher of five different photo magazines, Paul has worked for many years as a photography spokesperson on radio, television and the press. He is also an Honourary Fellow of the Institute of Australian Professional Photography and is the author of A History of Professional Photography in Australia. Paul has interviewed many famous photoraphers and his talk is illustrated with some examples of highly creative images taken by top photographic artists..
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