speaker testimonials

“You have that rare talent of being able to write non-fiction with great humour…  The audience was completely enthralled. Your event was a real highlight for me. Thank you.” Jane Bradish-Ellames, Director, Winter Words Festival

“I was lucky enough to hear Nick Thorpe speak at the Borders Book festival… and his audience of very varying ages were wide eyed and totally rapt… It’s the way Nick tells his stories … he’s funny and informative, and never boring… he is educational in the best kind of way – inspirational would be a much better word.” Vivian French, Children’s Author

“Without doubt one of the most  stimulating and thought provoking sessions I’ve ever attended.” Sheila Scott, Director of Inclusion 

“A humorous, heartwarming, and thoroughly entertaining after-dinner speaker! Nick was able to creatively weave in ideas raised by conference presenters, bringing a sense of camaraderie to the group, while at the same time impacting the audience with the life lessons he learned from his journey. A truly enjoyable storytelling experience!” Cheryl MacKenzie,  Investigator, US Chemical Safety Board

“Just to say thank you for today – it was a really good & useful session. The guys were really engaged throughout and clearly thinking hard. I’m sure they will have appreciated your insights and advice, as well as the opportunity to write.” Kate Hendry, Offender Lecturer, HM Prison Shotts

“I really enjoyed working with Nick and know the children did too. I would have no hesitation in recommending Nick to fellow teachers as he was so highly motivated and enthusiastic which was contagious!” Janey Ross, Primary 6 class teacher, Edinburgh

“Nick is a great after dinner speaker. He is funny and engaging, and is careful to meet his audience halfway. He has real adventures to relate, and although he makes them amusing, I was still glad of my armchair’s distance!” John Wilkinson, Principal Human Factors Consultant at The Keil Centre

“Thankyou so much! The boys really loved the talk.” John Slater, head of upper sixth, Hampton Grammar School

“I was extremely impressed with his ability to engage pupils, and inspire them with the details and excitement of the voyages he had undertaken. Working in a truly interdisciplinary way across curriculum areas Nick used his skills as an author to ignite the children’s creativity… a particularly useful tool for engaging boys.” Cerin Richardson, Principal Officer for Arts in Learning, City of Edinburgh Council

“Nick gave the pupils a real-life reason to write and try out new things and take chances.” Class teacher, Flora Stephenson Primary School, Edinburgh

“Nick was the after-dinner speaker for a conference that I organised. We spoke beforehand about the day’s presentations and Nick smoothly incorporated conference topics into his material. Even after a long day at the conference, and the bar beckoning, delegates wanted to hear more – truly a sign of a great after-dinner speaker. I have no hesitation in recommending Nick.” Martin Anderson, HSE Specialist Inspector

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