Hosts & Facilitors, Entertainment & Comedy
£150 - £500
Neil Hanson is a successful author with 70 published books to his name. As well as his own, much-acclaimed work, he’s also a “ghost writer” for, among many others, sports stars, showbiz legends, explorers, captains of industry, SAS men, fast-jet pilots, a treasure diver, a kidnap negotiator, a leading surgeon 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 right across the USA, Australia and New Zealand.
Praise for Neil Hanson
• ‘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
• ‘A brilliant talk, the best we’ve ever had.’ Leeds U3A
• The best - and the best-received - of all the 100 events we have put on here.’ Ed Tracy, Executive Director, The Pritzker Library, Chicago
• ‘Excellent, really enjoyable and entertaining.’ Lucy Moody, Head of Advertising, Everest Ltd.
• ‘Your talk was very, very well received by our members - they loved it and are probably still laughing.’ Tarporley U3A
• ‘A wonderful talk.’ Huntingdon U3A
• ‘Best Speaker’ (vote by audiences), Brisbane Festival
• ‘Fantastic, a tremendous evening.’ Amanda Lydon, New York City
• ‘It was a joy to have you with us... your presentation drew raves.’ Eli Paul, Director, National World War I Museum, Kansas City
• 'Great talk, we enjoyed it very much.' Graham Hastings-Evans, President, British Association of Construction Heads
• ‘Wonderfully entertaining - will be live at the Apollo next!’ Audience member, Knaresborough Festival
• ‘The best speaker I've ever heard.' Audience member, Yate & Sodbury U3A
• ‘Neil Hanson was an outstanding speaker – warm, funny, humane.’ Stephen Brown, Chairman, Yorkshire Post Literary Luncheons
• ‘Such an entertaining talk. It was polished, professional and greatly appreciated by the audience who were totally involved and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.’ Swanland U3A
• 'Thank you for being a wonderful speaker. Your humour, wit and entertaining ability kept a very diverse audience entranced.’ Janet Munro, Soroptimist International
• ‘Such confidence and humour and such a variety of experiences has given you great entertainment skills.’ Kirkburton Probus Club
• ‘Great to have someone who is so clearly at ease, not only with the subject, but also with presenting it.’ Holme Valley U3A
• ‘I’ve been a member for 20 years and that was one of the best talks we’ve ever had.’ Cranleigh Probus Club
• ‘Our members thoroughly enjoyed your talk and the fluency and clarity with which it was presented.’ Bookham U3A
• ‘A huge thank you to Neil Hanson for doing such a wonderful event. It went down fantastically well.’ Rachel Feldberg, Director, Ilkley Festival
• ‘The most entertaining speaker we've ever had’, Sittingbourne Probus Club
• ‘We were delighted with your talk, one member said it was the best she had ever heard.’ Combined Essex WIs
• ‘A wonderful speech, thank you.’ Audience member, New Orleans
• ‘The feedback we have had has been tremendous.’ Off The Shelf, Sheffield
• ‘Extremely amusing and entertaining,’ Ilkley U3A
• ‘We have had some excellent speakers over the years, but you were the very best we have ever had.’ Organiser, Rossett and Wakeman Lectures
• ‘The audience loved it, as did we.’ Wendy Kent, Director, Knaresborough Festival
• ‘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
Inn & Out at the Top
“Inn & Out at the Top” is a laugh-a-minute tour of the quirks and foibles, highs and lows of Neil's time running Britain’s highest inn back in the 1970s and 1980s. A hugely engaging storyteller, Neil’s account of grappling with tight-fisted farmers, eccentric characters, bizarre local customs, naturist weekends, “lates and lock-ins”, police raids, 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's hugely entertaining talk “The Ghostwriter” gives us privileged glimpses into the hidden worlds of his ghostwriting clients. They include household names - an American showbiz legend, England’s most famous cricketer, a famous actor, one of Britain’s most decorated soldiers and an England football manager - but also many less celebrated men and women who have led extraordinary lives or achieved remarkable things. Among many others, they include SAS men, fast-jet pilots, explorers and adventurers, a treasure diver, a kidnap negotiator, a hugely successful businessman, a spy, a notorious gangster, a professional forager, a leading surgeon and a spy.
The Ghostwriter is revelatory, insightful and very, very funny.