Talk : Giant Pandas and Sleeping Dragons

*Update : New Event*

Date: 14th June 12.00 noon Talk: Giant Pandas and Sleeping Dragons
Venue: The Pavillion, Morley Hayes, main Road Morley, DE7 6DG


Polyanna will be the guest speaker at a charity fundraiaisng Ladies Lunch for Children First (Derby).

Pollyanna will be pleased to present her most popular talk about her expedition into China to study and paint Giant Pandas. Accompanied by her daughter and business partner Anna-Louise, she travelled into one of the remotest areas of the Tibetan Borderlands in her quest to paint one of the most iconic and elusive of all animals. The two became the first western women ever to travel into an isolated mountain reserve, where they were lucky enough to be able to work in a small hospital for sick pandas, bringing them into remarkably close contact with one of the rarest animals on earth. This enchanting talk tells the story of their journey – from the hardships and frustrations to the lasting friendships made in this enigmatic and beautiful country, and shows the spectacular award-winning paintings which resulted from the trip.

Tickets £25.00, including a sparkingb reception drink, two course lunch, tea/coffee & mints.  Contact Gina Repton on 01332 341516 for further information or to book, or email


Talk : A Brush with Wildlife

Date : 12th May 7.30pm
Venue : Stourbridge : St. Saviour’s Church Hall 1 Park Road Hagley Stourbridge DY9 ONS


Details : Hagley Art Club are pleased to invite guests to join them for an evening with Pollyanna. This local friendly club caters for everyone interested in painting and art whether as an active artist or otherwise, and for all skills and interests.

In this talk, Pollyanna takes a light-hearted look at her life and work in the beautiful Peak District of Derbyshire.

Pollyanna’s work as a wildlife artist has always brought her into close contact with real birds and animals, and for fifteen years she ran a small sanctuary at her home to care for and rehabilitate injured wildlife. It was initially intended that she would care for owls, hawks, and falcons, but over the years she looked after many other birds and animals including foxes, squirrels hedgehogs and many more!

In A Brush with Wildlife she tells the heart warming and often amusing stories of just a few of the many hundreds of creatures that passed through her care, and of course shows a selection of the sketches and paintings for which she is so renowned.

Entry fee £3 for non-members. No booking necessary. Refreshments available

Talk: Giant Pandas and Sleeping Dragons


Date: 25th May 1.30pm

Venue : Retford : The Well, Hospital Road, Retford, Notts

Details : Retford U3A have invited Pollyanna to share the story of what is probably both her most remarkable and most famous expedition.  She travelled into one of the most remote areas of the Tibetan borderlands in her quest to paint one of the most endangered of all animals – the giant panda. Here she lived and worked in a clinic for sick pandas – and had the opportunity to create some once in a lifetime sketches and paintings.

As well as the iconic giant pandas Pollyanna also sketched the adorable red pandas (above)

Visitors and prospective members are always welcome Retford U3A’s  meetings. You will find a warm welcome and be able to find out who they are and what they do as well as enjoying Pollyanna’s talk.


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