The Author was Sam Pickering - I know you probably have never heard of him, but I had as he is the teacher that the character John Keating in Dead Poets Society is based on. We were lucky enough to have him lecture us for two and a half hours - and we were never bored. He is a AMAZING speaker and was completely entertaining.
So Anyway. Here is a picture of me and Sam :]
If you ever have the opportunity to hear him talk you should jump on it - he is completely insane and extremely funny :]