Thursday 22nd April, 2021, Talk on The Secret Art of Poisoning, Studio 99, Art and Whiskey, Lipson Street, Port Adelaide

History Month

Sunday 16 May 2021 – 2-4pm @ Civic Library, Woodville, 72 Woodville Rd, Woodville. Workshop – Researching and Writing History'

Saturday 22 May 2021 -  10.30-11.30am @ Civic Library, Woodville, 72 Woodville Rd, Woodville – Author Talk ‘The Secret Art of Poisoning’, Samantha Battams

Saturday 19th June, 2021, 2pm, Southern Fleurieu Family History Group, 'The Secret Art of Poisoning'.



7th February 2020, 7.30pm, SAPOL Police Historical Society 'The Red Devil: Captain Harry Butler, Pioneer Aviator'

POSTONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS 21st March, 2020, 2.30pm-3.30pm, Fleurieu Peninsula Family History Group, 'Martha Needle, The Secret Art of Poisoning', Uniting Church Hall, Williams road Christies Beach

POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS 2nd May 2020, Researching and Writing History Workshop, West Lakes Library

Researching and Writing History Workshop (Part of SA History Month)

In this workshop you will learn about research and writing history, with a focus on research for non-fiction stories and biographies with a South Australian bent. You will learn about where to go to find stories, searching historical records, key historical and online sources, structuring  your story ideas into a book outline, networking and interviewing to develop your story, setting the story in its historical context, keeping records, referencing, funding sources, decisions about traditional or self-publishing and promoting your work.

POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS 3rd May 2020, 2.30pm, Henley Town Hall, 'The Red Devil: Captain Harry Butler, Pioneer Aviator' (Part of SA History Month Celebrations)

POSTPONTED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS 8th May, 6.30pm Studio 99 Art and Whisky, Port Adelaide, 'Martha Needle, The Secret Art of Poisoning'

1st July 2020, 'Wine and Crime,' Online Event, Sisters in Crime Australia/Geelong Libraries. With Host and author Tara Mitchell and authors Tanya Bretherton & Loretta Smith & myself.  Free event. See here for more details:

25th September 2020, 7.30pm, Henley & Grange Historical Society, 'The Red Devil: Captain Harry Butler, Pioneer Aviator'



28th April 2019, 1.45pm, Book Launch, 'The Secret Art of Poisoning', Carclew, North Adelaide (part of SA History Festival)


1st May 2019, 7.45pm, Talk on Captain Harry Butler by Les Parsons/Samantha Battams, Australian Air Mail Society, Saphil House, 22 Gray Court, Adelaide (part of SA History Festival)

5th May 2019, Old Adelaide Gaol, Meet the Author Event (Authors' Tent) (part of SA History Festival)

23rd May 2019, 6.30pm, Melbourne Launch, 'The Secret Art of Poisoning', Readings St Kilda (supported by Sisters in Crime network)


7th June 2019, 7.30pm, Talk on 'The Secret Art of Poisoning,' SA Police Historical Society


3rd August 2019, 7.30pm, Talk on Captain Harry Butler (Les Parsons/Samantha Battams) and Launch of 'The Red Devil: The Story of South Australian Aviation Pioneer Captain Harry Butler,' Minlaton Town Hall.

17th August 2019, 11am, South Australian Aviation Museum, Adelaide Launch of 'The Red Devil' book.


Listen out for Les Parsons and I speaking about Captain Harry Butler and The Red Devil on ABC Adelaide 891 with Peter Goers at 8.30pm Adelaide time.


Les Parsons and I will be speaking at the Henley Beach library, City of Charles Sturt, on Captain Harry Butler and The Red Devil, 13th November 6.30pm-8pm.


Aeropex, book signings of The Red Devil on 7th December at Aeropex, Military Parade Grounds, Adelaide.

Presentation by Dr Samantha Battams on The Red Devil and Captain Harry Butler at the Adelaide Planetarium Supernovas group, the Planetarium, Mawson Lakes, 18th December at 7.30pm. See their FB site for details.