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During the pandemic I was able to do two talks. The are available on the A/V Gallery page on this website. 


Past Appearances:

National Park Service's 2019 Conference/Training
National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom

Bridging the Past to the Present

September 11th - 13th, 2019, in Niagara Falls, New York.

Deirdre presented her talk: The 1836 Escape, Capture, and Rescue of Harry Bird and George: Woodstock, VA to Utica, NY and Canada West



An Evening of Historical Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (btw 2nd & 3rd Avenues), Manhattan. 

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

7:00 p.m. - 9 p.m.


Trumpet Fiction's 20th season kicks off with a night of historical fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Hosted by D Ferrara of San Fedele Press in conjunction with Ducts magazine, join us for memorable readings from four remarkable women.


Dawn Leas,

Barbara J. Taylor,

Theasa Tuohy,

Deirdre Sinnott,

For information:


Shenandoah County Historical Society, Edinburg, VA

"A Story of the Shenandoah Valley: The 1836 Escape, Arrest, and Rescue of George and Harry Bird” will be presented at the Shenandoah County Historical Society Quarterly Meeting at St. Paul’s Heritage Center at 106 S. High Street on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 at 7pm. 


Oneida County History Center, Utica, NY

"Underground Railroad: The 1836 Escape, Arrest, and Rescue in Utica of George and Harry Bird” will be presented at the Oneida County History Center at 1608 Genesee Street on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 at 5:30pm. 




Previous Speaking Engagements

Oneida County History Center

Shenandoah County Historical Society

National Abolition Hall of Fame & Museum

LibertyCon 2018: Embracing Equity in a Global Society

Utica’s Abolition History Day Celebration

Otisville Correctional Facility

Underground Railroad History Project

Harriet Tubman Underground Rail Road Conference

◊ Harvard University

◊ Yale University

◊ New York University

◊ Fordham Law School, NYC

◊ MIT  

◊ City College of NY

◊ Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC  

◊ Friends Meeting House, Stop the War Coalition, London  

◊ European Conference for Peace, Athens

◊ Martin Luther King Jr. High School, NYC

◊ P.S. 41, NYC

◊ Washington Irving High School, NYC  

◊ City-As-School Graduation, NYC   

◊ Bluestockings Bookstore, NYC  

◊ Phoenix Reading Series, NYC  

◊ Community Bookstore, Brooklyn

◊ Adams Antiquarian Book Shop, Hobart, NY 

◊ Hamish & Henry Booksellers, Livingston Manor, NY

◊ Unitarian Universalist Church, Bellport NY   

◊ U.N. Church Center 

◊ Community Church, NYC  

◊ St. John’s Church, Elizabeth, NJ

◊ Mid-West Organizers Conference, Milwaukee

◊ Hiroshima Day Remembrance, Staten Island

◊ Women’s Building, San Francisco

◊ Stable Yoga Dance Studio, Brooklyn  

◊ Dearborn Progressive Group, Sarasota


Deirdre gave a fantastic presentation. The gallery was packed with our members and many new faces. We truly appreciate the research she and other local historians have completed. History can often be lost because it is not written down or shared; we'd like to thank Deirdre for her significant contributions.

-- Rebecca McLain, Community Outreach Coordinator of the Oneida County History Center, Utica, NY.

Deirdre's thorough research and enjoyable presentation of the compelling story of Harry Bird and George captivated the audience. There was applause at the conclusion when listeners realized that these two men did indeed escape to live their lives in freedom. Because the story began in Shenandoah County, the audience appreciated the local connections and the opportunity to envision life in the County and the Shenandoah Valley during that era. We also are grateful for this valuable research that has revealed a story previously unknown. Thank you, Deirdre!

-- Barbara Adamson

President of the Shenandoah County Historical Society, Edinburg, VA.

Deirdre Sinnott’s reading from her book, “The Third Mrs. Galloway” was interesting and engaging.  Both the content and her delivery brought the audience instantly into Utica and the Underground Railroad.  Under the challenging conditions of KGB (a mainstay of the NYC literary scene), she kept her listeners rapt, through the usual background cacophony.  We were thrilled and honored by her reading.

-- D Ferrara, San Fedele Press

Deirdre Sinnott is an impressive speaker who gets her audience personally involved. She interacted freely with the audience, answering their questions and comments and soliciting their ideas, while skillfully maintaining focus on her message.
-- Phebe Eckfeldt

Harvard University, Division of Faculty of Arts and Sciences, AFSCME Local 3650

Deirdre Sinnott uses her life as a spring board to discuss addiction, sexual abuse and other problems young adults need to know they do not face alone.  She approaches her audience with emotion, sincerity, insight and, most importantly, humor.
-- Dr. Leonard Vogt
Professor Emeritus of English, LaGuardia Community College, The City University of New York

I am happy to recommend Deirdre Sinnott enthusiastically as a speaker on the topics of prevention of and recovery from sexual abuse and recovery from substance abuse and addiction. She recently presented her work to a sophisticated audience of writers and other lovers of literature at The Phoenix Reading Series, which I coordinate and host. Her presentation was both very well-written and spoken and recounted an impressive triumph of self-control, good will, persistence and endurance.
-- Michael Graves
Author Adam and Cain
Host of The Phoenix Reading Series

I've seen Deirdre Sinnott perform her work and she knows how to reach, educate, and enthrall an audience. Her writing is funny and touching. She reveals intimacies with ease and has the conviction that tough topics, that adversely affect peoples lives, need to be brought into the public discourse. I recommend her to anyone who has a challenging issue that needs to be handled with warmth, sincerity, and smarts.
-- Vittoria repetto
Author Not Just a Personal Ad

Organizer of the Women’s/Trans’ Poetry Jam host,

Deirdre Sinnott is an excellent speaker, organizer and leader. She engineered a successful series of programs at our store that brought in new customers and helped local authors reach a wider audience. As master of ceremonies she was entertaining and her spoken-word performances were the backbone of the programs.
-- Sue Barnett
Hamish & Henry Booksellers

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