About The Speaker...
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 – ran, and later owned, Britain’s highest inn, in a wild and remote corner of the Yorkshire Dales, went round the world twice and worked a 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.
An award winning speaker, he has entertained audiences at every type of occasion – corporate events, conferences, festivals, luncheon clubs, dinners and banquets – throughout the UK and in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Kansas City, New Orleans, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Auckland and Wellington
About Their Talks...
“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 Hanson’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.
Best Speaker (vote by audiences), Brisbane Festival
‘We have had such positive feedback about your speech and how much they enjoyed it. My husband laughed so much he was nearly crying! ‘ Sandy Rysiok, Society of Municipal Treasurers
‘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
‘The best – and the best-received – of all the 100 events we have put on here.’ Ed Tracy, Executive Director, The Pritzker Library, Chicago
‘The best speaker I’ve ever heard.’ Audience member, Yate & Sodbury U3A
‘Excellent, really enjoyable and entertaining.’ Lucy Moody, Head of Advertising, Everest Ltd.
‘The most entertaining speaker we’ve ever had’ Sittingbourne Probus Club
‘Great talk, we enjoyed it very much.’ Graham Hastings-Evans, President British Association of Construction Heads
‘Wonderfully entertaining speaker – will be live at the Apollo next!’ Audience member, Knaresborough Festival
‘We have had some excellent speakers over the years, but you were the very best we have ever had.’ Maurice Taylor, Organiser, Rossett and Wakeman Lectures
‘Neil Hanson was an outstanding speaker – warm, funny, humane.’ Stephen Brown, Chairman, Yorkshire Post Literary Luncheons
‘You were awesome.’ Thomas Power, Chairman, ecademy, London
‘Thank you for being a wonderful speaker. Your humour, wit and entertaining ability kept a very diverse audience entranced.’ Janet Munro, Soroptimist International
‘Fantastic, a tremendous evening.’ Amanda Lydon, The Tenement Museum, New York City
‘A very entertaining speech. You saw how well it went down.’ University of Perth, WA
‘The feedback we have had has been tremendous – many people have been telling us how much they enjoyed your talk.’ Off The Shelf, Sheffield
‘The audience loved it, as did we.’ Wendy Kent, Knaresborough Festival
‘A wonderful speech, thank you.’ Audience member, D-Day Museum, New Orleans
‘A huge thank you to Neil Hanson for doing such a wonderful event. It went down fantastically well.’ Rachel Feldberg, Director, Ilkley Festival
‘It was a joy to have you with us… your presentation drew raves.’ Eli Paul, Director, National World War I Museum, Kansas City
‘You were a star, everyone really enjoyed listening to you.’ Yorkshire Post
‘Extremely amusing and entertaining,’ Peter Mate, U3A, Ilkley
‘Thank you so much – your talk was brilliant.’ Meriel Jeater, Curator, Museum of London
‘A spellbinding talk. Thank you.’ New Zealand Book Council, Wellington
‘Neil Hanson offered the audience a great display of verbal pyrotechnics.’ Sydney Festival
Fees negotiable. I’m willing to travel anywhere in the UK and even for long distances do not charge more than £50 travelling expenses in addition to my fee.