Cartoonist, author, after dinner speaker and writer Bill Tidy is a man of many talents.
Born in Tranmere in 1933 Bill lived in Liverpool during the Blitz where after leaving school he worked in a shipping office. Leaving Liverpool behind he joined the Royal Engineers where Bill was stationed in Germany, Korea and Japan. It was in 1955 that he sold his first cartoon, to an English speaking Japanese newspaper. Deciding to leave the army in 1956 he returned to Liverpool and found work in an advertising agency. It was in 1957 that Bill took to cartooning professionally after plans to emigrate to Canada fell through. Instead Bill flew to London for a job interview and sat next to a young Italian lady who three years later became his wife. Bill and Rosa have 3 children: Sylvia, Nick and Rob.
Famed for cartoon strips; ‘The Fosdyke Saga’ (Daily Mirror), ‘The Cloggies’ (Private Eye), ‘Dr. Whittle’ (General Practitioner) which ran for over 25 years and ‘Kegbuster’ which still appears in CAMRA’s monthly magazine, ‘What’s Brewing?’ Bill also regularly contributes to Classic FM magazine, Private Eye, The Oldie and Punch.
His love of archaeology also reflects in his professional life, as he regularly contributes cartoons to three archaeological magazines; British Archaeology, Antiquity and the Archaeological Institute of America.
Bill has appeared on many shows; ‘Countdown’, ‘Watercolour Challenge’ & ‘Collector’s Lot’ (C4), ‘Through the Keyhole’ (twice!) & Alphabet Game (BBC) ‘Open House’ (C5) & “Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’ (R4). He wrote and presented ‘Tidy Up Walsall’, Tidy Up Naples’ ‘Three Days Last Summer and ‘Draw Me’, a 13 part children's’ TV series. He has guest presented; ‘Food File’ (C4), ‘Countryfile’ (BBC) and ‘SKY Sports’ Saturday morning show and been a recipient of ‘This Is Your Life’.
Bill has the totally amazing ability to turn his hand to any subject, offering unique visual communication during his thrilling after dinner, training or product presentations. This put alongside his phenomenally ‘quick on the draw’ humour, enthralls audiences again and again and many leading companies such as Stena Lines, Page & Moy, LloydsTSB, JCB and ICI call for his services. Advertising & PR groups seek his help in their campaigns; sales conference speaking, product launches, open days etc. Clients include Easyjet, Yakult, Batchelors, BT, East Midlands Airport & Marks and Spencer.
Writer of more than 20 books and illustrator of over 70 including ‘The World’s Worst Golf Club’, his autobiography ‘Is There Any News of The Iceberg?’, ‘Bill Tidy’s Book of Quotations’, Disgraceful Archaeology’ with Dr. Paul Bahn and most recently, ‘The Greatest Cricketer of Them All’, volume one of a series of Sporting Legends. Bill also writes and illustrates children''s books.
Bill Tidy has designed board games, ventriloquist dummies, stage sets and the ‘It’s a Knockout’ trophy; receiving Granada TV’s ‘Cartoonist of the Year’ award in 1974 and ‘Society of Illustrators’ award in 1980.
Bill Tidy also offers exclusive personalised cartoon publicity in the form of original limited editions, Christmas cards and calendars specifically aimed at companies, tailoring each drawing to their corporate identity. Clients include Virgin Holidays, Halifax Property Services, Boots, Bass Brewers, Holiday Inn and Autoglass.
Bill was awarded a MBE in 2000 and has been a member of The Lord’s Taverners for over 30 years. His hobbies include supporting Everton FC and cultivating peas and beans in his garden.
Phenomenally talented and highly respected as a Cartoonist, Author, Writer, TV and Radio Presenter and unique After Dinner Speaker, Bill Tidy delivers a unique presentation which incorporates his wit, expertise and indomitable style in every sense of the word.
Bill Tidy draws as fast as he speaks so he combines his after dinner speeches or corporate presentations with quick on the draw humour and tailors the theme to each client every time - there is nothin else like it anywhere.
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"We all thought his speech was wonderful, we laughed so much it hurt. What a talented man Bill is"
"I really enjoyed Bill's speech. He is so talented, and funny. The hour went so quickly"