Neil Nixon

Location: Maidstone, Kent
About The Speaker...

Neil Nixon is an author and creative consultant who has written or edited almost 30 books and contributed to 20 more. He has written for stage, screen and radio including the radio play Mr Lennon which was nominated for a Sony Radio Academy Award. Neil led the developments that founded the UK’s first higher education programme in Professional Writing and managed the course for 20 years. Much of his written work has focused on the paranormal and popular music and his current offer of talks includes material on both subjects based on books written by Neil.

About Their Talks...

My talks provide insights, surprises and occasional humour, covering subjects that remain a passion for me. The talks listed here are all designed for groups used to booking speakers and I have presented to U3A, WI and Rotary audiences, as well as groups like a local branch of Parkinson’s UK. I am always willing to negotiate specific elements of a talk in advance and all of the listed talks can be adapted to suit specific needs if required. More than anything, I aim to engage with a group, provide a unique insight and some laughs and energy and leave time for questions and comments.


Basic talk fees are currently set at £75, I add additional fees if travelling over an hour from home – Maidstone – and am also happy to negotiate longer events (for example, adding a workshop with the writing talk or longer Q&A sessions to all talks).

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10 Mysteries That Probably Aren't Mysteries

An entertaining deep dive into a range of mysteries – paranormal, conspiracy theories and historic anomalies. Stories include the Loch Ness Monster, the alleged crash of an alien spacecraft at Roswell, the fate of the Marie Celeste, how many children did Elvis Leave, and conspiracy claims around the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Drawn from a lifetime’s fascination with the subject and a lengthy career writing and talking on all things mysterious, this talk takes in tragedy, hilarity and frequent surprises and has a lot to tell us all about our fascination with the unexplained.

Top 10 Stories

An entertaining, surprising and occasionally funny talk looking at ten of the world’s best known songs and sharing the amazing back stories of their creators, their true meanings and the often accidental routes they found to becoming best-sellers. Including the kindergarten teachers who wrote the most valuable song in history, the wheelchair bound lyricist who wrote a classic song about dancing and the unique promotional campaign that turned Bohemian Rhapsody into chart gold.

Roswell - The World's Most Famous UFO Event

This talk focuses specifically on the best known and most widely reported on UFO case of all time, the alleged crash of an alien spacecraft near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. The talk covers both sides of an argument that has raged for years, one side claiming the US government collected proof of extra-terrestrial life it has kept secret since that date, another side claiming a combination of the crash of a top-secret American device and a misleading rumour mill has turned unusual events into extra-ordinary claims. The only things certain are that this is one of the most celebrated paranormal cases of all time, it continues to intrigue and this talk leaves you to judge which claims to trust.

The Day the Aliens Took over ITN

This is a deep dive into a bizarre moment in British television when for six minutes in 1977 an edition of the ITN early evening news was, apparently, interrupted by aliens with a message imploring mankind to be more tolerant and reach standards fit for an intelligent race in our galaxy. This talk covers the event, the subsequent news coverage, and a decades-long investigation to reveal the true identity and motivation of the “aliens” involved. By turns hilarious, insightful and also historic in its coverage of a media industry now changed beyond all recognition this is an entertaining talk for all manner of groups.

Getting a Break as a Writer

A pragmatic insight into all of the ways someone intending to write for a living might earn money, make contacts and shorten their odds against rejection. I have been writing for publication all of my adult life and spent 20 years combining that with running a university course in Professional Writing (employment that gave me insights into areas of the writing world I’d never thought to inhabit myself). The talk is easily adapted for groups with an interest in writing and can – by negotiation – include practical writing exercises and/or additional work feeding back on writing samples from audience members.

Beatles Myths and Legends

Probably the one Beatles story you don’t know well. A, by-turns, amazing, chilling and hilarious account of stories told about the Fab Four that beggar belief but are – occasionally – true. The imaginative genius and terrifying reality of Beatle fandom is here exposed in a range of tales from the fairly well known (John was assassinated to order/Paul died in 1966 and was replaced by an impostor) to the lesser known story of George’s similar replacement in the mid-seventies and the widely held belief among some that the band recorded under assumed names well into the late 1970’s. Somewhere along the line we’ll also attack the myth that there is very little that’s interesting about Ringo Starr!

UFOs, Aliens and the Battle for the Truth

An accessible history of all things strange in the sky (and a few abduction claims). Based on the book of the same name this is an objective overview of a range of claims from the fantastic to the highly skeptical taking in the best known UFO cases (like the Roswell incident), along with some jaw dropping incidents rarely discussed (including the midlands housewife who offered mince pies to visiting aliens and the retired soldier rejected by ageist aliens for abduction in Aldershot in 1983). I’ll share a few of my own tales from a lifetime of involvement, research and writing including the one time I communicated with aliens (by post, to an Oxfordshire address) and the time M15 interrupted my reporting on a mystery and chased me across Kent.

Elvis, Someone You'll Never Forget

An overview of the most successful solo artist in the history of popular music with detours to some strange and little known facts about the career of The King. Something for everyone, from die-hard fans to those with little interest, and a chance to explore the life, and strange after-life of a man who remains a hero to millions.

Why Mystery Matters

Most of us love a mystery, but few of us take time to think about the role mystery plays in our lives. Neil Nixon has spent a lifetime fascinated with the big mysteries – especially those classed as paranormal – and this talk draws on his published work dealing with subjects like UFOs and ghosts, but also takes time to consider the importance to all our lives of connecting with something bigger than ourselves that we struggle to explain. Thought provoking, insightful and occasionally hilarious it’s also a presentation that can easily be adapted to the needs of specific groups.

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