Bill Tidy MBE
Author | Speaker | Workshop | Host | Facilitator | Expert
Born in Tranmere, Cheshire, 9 October 1933, moved to Liverpool for the Blitz, survived and left school to work in a shipping office. Bill joined the Royal Engineers, and was stationed in Germany, Korea and Japan. He sold his first cartoon to an English speaking Japanese newspaper in 1955, left the army in 1956, returned to Liverpool and found work in an advertising agency. Bill took to cartooning professionally in 1957 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 became his wife in 1960. Bill and Rosa have 3 children: Sylvia, Nick and Rob.
Famed for cartoon strips; 'THE FOSDYKE SAGA' (Daily Mirror) and 'THE CLOGGIES' (Private Eye), 'DR. WHITTLE' (General Practitioner), which ran for over 25 years and 'KEGBUSTER' still appearing in CAMRA's monthly magazine, 'What's Brewing'' He 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 is a contributing cartoonist 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. Has guest presented; 'FOOD FILE' (C4), 'COUNTRYFILE' (BBC) and 'SKY SPORTS' Saturday morning show. He has also 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 along side his phenomenally 'quick on the draw' humour, enthralls audiences again and again and many leading companies such as STENA LINES, PAGE & MOY, LLOYDSTSB, JCB, 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; '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 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 was the President of The Lord's Taverners in 2008 where he has been a member for over 30 years. Hobbies include supporting Everton FC and cultivating peas and beans in his garden.
SCROLLING THROUGH - Bill provides unique entertainment narrating his way through an hilarious man-sized cartoon strip which is long enough to wrap around his audience.
For Corporate engagements the content of the scroll can be themed specifically to the clients business.
Bill Tidy MBE