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If you would like me to speak to your organization, society or club, or to give an after-dinner speech, or to perform at some event, then please e-mail me direct to discuss availability and fees.


The following selection of past engagements will give you an idea of what I tend to do:



Guest after-dinner speaker at CBI West Midlands Summer Banquet at Birmingham.




Narrator in a performance of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale at the Playhouse, Norwich.  With Chamber Orchestra Anglia conducted by Sharon Choa. [This performance was later repeated at The Forum, Norwich].


Guest after-dinner speaker at 75th anniversary dinner of the Rotary Club of Banbury at Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon.


Hull Literary and Philosophical Society – “From Gravestones to Graffiti” – illustrated lecture on epitaphs and graffiti.


Wells Evening Society – “I Told You I Was Sick” – illustrated lecture on epitaphs.


Shenington 2010 Circle – “my radio times” (the picture show) – illustrated lecture based on my autobiography.


91 Club – Saddleworth – “Camping With Kenneth – My Life With Kenneth Wiliams” – lunchtime talk.





In addition, I give lectures and after-lunch talks in a number of different formats.  My subjects include: ‘The Humour of Family Sayings’, ‘Ten Great Quotations and the Stories Behind Them’ (as at the Edinburgh International Book Festival) and ‘Camping With Kenneth – My Life With Kenneth Williams’ and ‘my radio times’, based on my autobiography.


My illustrated lectures ‘I Told You I Was Sick: Grave Epitaphs and Memorial Eloquence’ and ‘The History and Humour of Graffiti’ may be combined, if required, as ‘From Gravestones to Graffiti’.  ‘my radio times’ can also be presented with illustrations.


I also do an evening of reminiscences and readings from my writings (2 x 45 minutes with an interval).  This has been performed at various festivals under the titles ‘Portable Soup’, ‘An Evening With Nigel Rees’ and (as at the Daphne du Maurier Festival, Fowey), ‘Quoting and Unquoting’.


As an after-dinner speaker, I have made hundreds of appearances, including:


Serco Group plc dinners

Institute of Directors dinner

British Air Transport Association dinner

British (Port) Association dinner, Portugal

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sydmonton Festival

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors dinners

Dun and Bradstreet conference dinner

Institute of Advertising Practitioners in Ireland dinner, Dublin

British Agro-Chemicals Association dinner

Toyota GB new model launch lunches

British Gas Energy Management Awards dinners

The Newspaper Society conferences

The English Speaking Union dinner

Cunard QE2 Mediterranean cruise



‘An excellent speech.  He hit absolutely the right note for the audience concerned’ – organizer, Drinkmaster Ltd conference dinner


‘He was brilliant!  A perfect end to what had been a most enjoyable evening.  He left the audience in the perfect state – laughing and wanting more’ – organizer, Association of Project Managers’ dinner


‘His absolutely superb speech lifted the entire evening on to a higher plane’ – organizer, Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters’ dinner



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