The message versus the messenger: the rise of Nigel Farage, Jeremy Corbyn and George Galloway

1 July 2024

Is politics about listening to what the candidate says?

Or is it about the character of the individual saying it?

As speechwriters we’re aiming to support our clients with the magic of eloquence.

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I helped Liz Truss. And you can do what she did…

31 October 2023

This time last year, I couldn’t quite believe my eyes. I had got to know Liz Truss before she became an MP.

And now she was about to become Prime Minister.

We shared a secret. Back then, I’d started working as a professional speechwriter and she asked me how to improve her public speaking.

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Come to the London Brilliant Communicators’ Conference

10 October 2023

Last November I went to a wonderful conference called Wordstock organised on a Saturday in London by the writers’ group 26.

I paid £100 for a ticket, travelled up from Bournemouth on the train, heard a couple of brilliant presentations, had some good conversations, met some old acquaintances and bought a couple of books. It was one of the best days of my year.

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Patrick Ross: Winner of the Fred Metcalf Memorial Award for After-DInner Speaking 2023

11 April 2023

Congratulations to Patrick Ross, from West Wing Writers in the United States, who won this year’s Fred Metcalf Award for After-Dinner Speaking.

There were 20 entries to the competition which took place in Brasenose College Dining Hall on 23 March 2023.

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Is speechwriting a deception?

27 June 2022

Kathleen Wyatt’s new book, The Social Superpower – The Big Truth About Little Lies argues that fibs are necessary and protect us from harm

Wyatt is a journalist turned speechwriter. One might speculate that she has been motivated to write a book about deceptive trades because she is uncomfortable in her new role (although that’s a bit generous, as some would argue that journalists have a complex relationship with truth, too).

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Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel! Our conference returns. Join us.

11 January 2022

1) Life finds a way!

Dr Johnson supposedly said, ‘Never leave a man with the burden of an undelivered speech.’ In March 2020, we had to postpone our conference. That was a lot of undelivered speeches.

From 2009-2019 the European Speechwriter Network hosted 19 conferences in the UK and other European capitals. We built up a vibrant network of friendships, contacts and expertise. From 30 March to 1 April 2022, we’ll be back at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

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E-Newsletter 30/6/2021

30 June 2021

Deep Hidden Meaning pt 2

Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it. Epictetus

Senior Speechwriter required

The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is looking for a speechwriter.

Details here

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E-Newsletter 16/6/2021

16 June 2021

Deep Hidden Meaning

With words we govern men – Benjamin Disraeli


The Confederation of British Industry, based in London,  is looking for a speechwriter.

Apply by the end of the week.
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E-Newsletter 24/5/2021

14 June 2021

The Art of Memory

Make your mess your message – Robin Roberts

Cambridge Speechwriter Position

The team within the University of Cambridge’s Development and Alumni Relations office is looking for a Senior Leadership Communications Specialist.

The recruitment process is being managed by Rachel Gardner Dalton. You can contact her through her LinkedIn Page.

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E-Newsletter 7/5/2021

7 May 2021

The iconoclasm of Thomas Szasz

Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence – Thomas Szasz

Speechwriting for Science

An external comms job has come up for a fluent German/English speaker based in Göttingen for a biochemical company called Sartorius.
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