Highly acclaimed author of historical narratives and award-winning after-dinner speaker, Neil uses his skill as a storyteller to engage his audience on a diverse range of subjects.
In a long and very chequered career, among a bewildering variety of other jobs, Neil Hanson has been an Oxford graduate, a plasterer’s mate, an ice cream salesman, a holiday camp redcoat and - simultaneously - an art critic and a rugby league commentator. He’s edited the boozer’s Bible - the Good Beer Guide - a job, he says, where it was practically a sacking offence not to go to the pub at lunchtime. He also ran, and later owned, Britain’s highest inn, in a remote corner of the Yorkshire Dales, went round the world twice and worked as a print journalist and radio broadcaster in Britain, Australia and New Zealand. He is now a very successful author with over 60 published books to his name. As well as his own work, he’s also a ghost writer for, among others, sports stars, showbiz legends, captains of industry, SAS men, pilots, a treasure diver, an explorer, a kidnap negotiator, an undercover investigator and a spy.
His presenting approach
An award winning speaker, Neil has entertained audiences at every type of occasion - corporate events, conferences, festivals, luncheon clubs, dinners and banquets - throughout the UK and around the world. His after-dinner speech Inn & Out at the Top is a laugh-a-minute tour of the quirks and foibles, highs and lows of running Britain’s highest inn - so isolated that its next-door neighbour was 4 miles away and so high above sea level that it had its own climate, with winds that could tear car-doors off their hinges, and winter snows that cut off the inn for weeks on end. A hugely engaging storyteller, Neil’s account of his time at the inn, grappling with tight-fisted farmers, eccentric characters, bizarre local customs, naturist weekends, “lates and lock-ins”, police raids by appointment, rats in the attic, close encounters with magistrates and planners, and the shooting of a famous double glazing commercial, is suitable for all audiences.
Neil is a versatile speaker and a hugely engaging storyteller. The scope and range of his speeches, combined with his naturally entertaining delivery ensures a captivating experience for the audience. Often peppered with anecdotes about his ghostwriting clients Neil's speeches can be relied upon for humour, wit and a huge diversity of subject matter. Neil's naturally entrepreneurial spirit means he is able to advise on a wide range of topics, with charisma and style.
Neil presents in English
The feedback we have had for this event has been tremendous - many people have been telling us how much they enjoyed your talk.
Off The Shelf Festival, Sheffield
A huge thank you to Neil Hanson for doing such a wonderful event. It went down fantastically well.
Rachel Feldberg, Director, Ilkley Festival
We have had such positive feedback from those that attended and nearly all mentioned your speech and how much they enjoyed it. My husband was laughing so much he was nearly crying!
Sandy Rysiok, Society of Municipal Treasurers
Neil offered the audience a great display of verbal pyrotechnics!
Neil Hanson was an outstanding speaker - warm, funny, humane; speaking (not a note in sight) without repetition, hesitation or deviation.
Stephen Brown, Chairman, Yorkshire Post Literary Luncheons
We're gratified by the size of the audience, their attentiveness and their positive response... Once again, thank you for making it an extraordinary experience!
Peter Kuntz, Chicago Humanities Festival
It really was a pleasure to host you. I have had nothing but positive responses since the dinner – you really hit the right note.
Commander Andrew Coles, HMS Drake, Plymouth
Thank you for being a wonderful speaker. Your humour, wit and entertaining ability kept a very diverse audience entranced.
Janet Munro, Soroptimist International
To find out what Neil Hanson could bring to your event or to make a booking, please contact Alice Saunders.