Geoff Hill

Geoff Hill - Editor

Belfast, UK

Critically acclaimed author, award-winning journalist and writing tutor, Geoff's the guy you need to make your book stand out from the rest

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Geoff's written 16 bestselling books loved by readers and critics alike, including fiction, travel, adventure, motorcycling and humour, as well as winning UK, European and global awards for his feature and travel writing.
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As a national magazine editor and creative writing tutor, he loves sharing the secrets of making prose sing and sprinkling your work with the magic fairy dust that will make readers laugh, cry and feel absurdly happy with the world.
He's still as fascinated by the creative process as he was when he started writing, and as a tutor, he gets a huge buzz from helping students discover that it's actually very simple to turn good writing into great writing.
He would have said it's not rocket science, but one of the two rules of journalism, along with never to pay for anything if you can help it, is to avoid clichés like the plague.
Like his creative writing students, you'll find working with him satisfying, inspirational and fun, and the end result will be a book you can be proud of.
Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Non-Fiction
Inspirational
Self-help & Self-improvement
Sports & Outdoors
Travel

Certifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, English Language and Literature

Work experience

Director

Self-employed
April, 2009 – Present (over 11 years)

Geoff's 16 books include three novels and bestselling bike adventure books about epic journeys from India to the UK, Chile to Alaska, around Australia and around the world.
A top UK producer is currently in talks with a national TV channel about turning his latest novel, The Butler's Son, into a series; after which Geoff plans to stop using the national lottery as his main retirement plan.
He writes the only motorbike column in a UK national newspaper, the Daily Mirror, which is surprising considering that his columns are a desperate attempt to disguise the fact that in spite of riding motorbikes all over the planet, he's still not sure how they work.
He's also the editor of Microlight Flying magazine, in spite of the fact that he knows even less about aeroplanes than he does about motorbikes.
He's either won or been shortlisted for UK travel writer of the year nine times. He's also a former Irish travel writer of the year and a former Mexican Government European travel writer of the year, although he's still trying to work out exactly what that means, and in 2005 was given a Golden Pen award by the Croatian Tourist Board for the best worldwide feature or broadcast on Zagreb.
Outside travel, he's also a former Northern Ireland journalist of the year, a former UK feature writer of the year, and has won three Northern Ireland features journalist of the year awards and two UK newspaper design awards.
He's a tutor with the writing school Mightier Than The Sword, where he teaches the art of great writing to journalists, PR and marketing professionals and speechwriters.
He lives in Belfast with his wife Cate, a cat called Cat, a hammock and the ghost of a flatulent Great Dane. His hobbies are volleyball, flying, motorbikes, tennis, skiing and worrying about the price of fish.

Comments on Geoff’s travel writing:

Geoff Hill has travel writing genius in his very soul.
Julie Shmueli and David Rosenberg, organisers of Travelex UK travel writing awards

Geoff Hill has an outstanding writing talent with a wicked sense of fun. Brilliant writing, genuinely and originally funny, and a supremely entertaining read.
Martyn Lewis CBE, broadcaster

Geoff is one of the most talented travel writers ever to cross my path.
Melissa Shales
Chairman, British Guild of Travel Writers

Praise for the novel Smith
A funny and moving story of salvation. Hill has a voice all his own - both lyrical and lunatic - which casts the world in a new light. Few first novels achieve as much.
Mark Sanderson, Independent on Sunday

Dialogue so real, it's frightening. For a first novel, it is breathtakingly good.
Casey Evans, Irish Tatler

Praise for Way to Go, on riding a motorbike from India to the UK

He has wonderful views on life, a great turn of phrase and a great sense of humour. His off-beat observations and zany outlook on life are laugh-out-loud funny.
John Mullin, The Independent

Praise for The Road to Gobblers Knob, on a ride from Chile to Alaska

The most inspiring and laugh-out-loud funny travelogue of the last fifty years.
Garbhan Downey, Verbal Magazine

A brilliant read, a book I simply couldn’t put down.
Dave Myers, BBC’s Hairy Biker

Praise for Anyway, Where Was I? Geoff Hill's alternative A-Z of the world

Geoff Hill is a comic genius. I laughed until I cried, my nose bled and I lost control of my bowels. I may well have to kill him when I meet him.
Patrick Taylor, author of New York Times best seller An Irish Country Doctor

Praise for In Clancy’s Boots, following the journey of the first round the world rider in 1912-13

The funniest travel writer in print.
Tom Adair, The Scotsman

Brilliant. At times laugh-out-loud funny, and at others intensely moving, which is part of Geoff’s genius.
Brian Page, Mensa magazine

Portfolio (15 selected works)

Way to Go: Two of the World’s Great Motorcycle Journeys

Geoff Hill

Way to Go brings together two epic motorcycle journeys, from Delhi to Belfast on a Royal Enfield, and from Chicago to LA on a Harley-Davidson.A thoughtful, hilarious, off-beat travelogue by award-winning journalist Geoff Hill.What the critics say about Geoff Hill’s travel writing‘Shift your arse Kerouac, Geoff Hill’s on the road. Faster, funnier, and still alive.’Colin Bateman‘…a distinctive b... read more

Way to Go brings together two epic motorcycle journeys, from Delhi to Belfast on a Royal Enfield, and from Chicago to LA on a Harley-Davidson.A thoughtful, hilarious, off-beat travelogue by award-winning journalist Geoff Hill.What the critics say about Geoff Hill’s travel writing‘Shift your arse Kerouac, Geoff Hill’s on the road. Faster, funnier, and still alive.’Colin Bateman‘…a distinctive b... read more

In Clancy's Boots: The Greatest Ever Round-the-World Motorbike Adventure, Motorbike Adventures 4

Geoff Hill

In 1912, Carl Stearns Clancy undertook the longest, most difficult and most perilous journey ever attempted on a motorcycle. By June 1913 he had made history, becoming the first person ever to travel round the world on a motorbike. A century on, bestselling author and biker Geoff Hill recreates Clancy’s historic journey and ends up on the road trip of a lifetime. Following the same route, and ... read more

In 1912, Carl Stearns Clancy undertook the longest, most difficult and most perilous journey ever attempted on a motorcycle. By June 1913 he had made history, becoming the first person ever to travel round the world on a motorbike. A century on, bestselling author and biker Geoff Hill recreates Clancy’s historic journey and ends up on the road trip of a lifetime. Following the same route, and ... read more

The Butler's Son

Geoff Hill

Max Edwards was eighteen when he saw the woman he loved and the man he wanted to kill.Those words open the new novel from critically acclaimed author Geoff Hill: the gripping, dramatic and uplifting story of Max, the self-educated son of the butler at a grand estate in rural Ireland who, weeks before the First World War, falls in love with the Japanese bride of the Major who owns the estate.Ma... read more

Max Edwards was eighteen when he saw the woman he loved and the man he wanted to kill.Those words open the new novel from critically acclaimed author Geoff Hill: the gripping, dramatic and uplifting story of Max, the self-educated son of the butler at a grand estate in rural Ireland who, weeks before the First World War, falls in love with the Japanese bride of the Major who owns the estate.Ma... read more

The Road to Gobblers Knob: From Chile to Alaska on a motorbike

Geoff Hill

‘At 16,500 miles it was the world’s longest road: a road on which travellers faced being kidnapped and murdered by Colombian drug barons, buried under Peruvian avalanches, drowned by the Guatemalan rainy season, fleeced by eight-year-old Ecuadorean border touts, driven mad by blackflies in the Yukon, eaten by Alaskan grizzlies and, worst of all, limited to a glass of Chardonnay a day in Califo... read more

‘At 16,500 miles it was the world’s longest road: a road on which travellers faced being kidnapped and murdered by Colombian drug barons, buried under Peruvian avalanches, drowned by the Guatemalan rainy season, fleeced by eight-year-old Ecuadorean border touts, driven mad by blackflies in the Yukon, eaten by Alaskan grizzlies and, worst of all, limited to a glass of Chardonnay a day in Califo... read more

Anyway, Where Was I?: Geoff Hill's Alternative A-Z of the World

Geoff Hill

A collection of some of the very best of the author's travel writing.

A collection of some of the very best of the author's travel writing.

Oz: Around Australia on a Triumph

Geoff Hill, Colin O'Carroll

Geoff Hill and Colin O'Carroll take on Australia's legendary Highway 1 on their trusty Triumph motorbikes, circumnavigating the country from Adelaide to Adelaide.

Geoff Hill and Colin O'Carroll take on Australia's legendary Highway 1 on their trusty Triumph motorbikes, circumnavigating the country from Adelaide to Adelaide.

Geoff Hill's A-Z of Bikes

Geoff Hill

Selected motorbike columns by award-winning journalist and critically acclaimed author Geoff Hill from the Irish Times, Sunday Times and Daily Mirror

Selected motorbike columns by award-winning journalist and critically acclaimed author Geoff Hill from the Irish Times, Sunday Times and Daily Mirror

The Brownie Dawn Patrol Volume 1: Collected columns from one of Ireland's funniest writers (1-4)

Geoff Hill

Collected columns from one of Ireland's funniest writers whose cult following included everyone from schoolchildren to grandmothers - and Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley

Collected columns from one of Ireland's funniest writers whose cult following included everyone from schoolchildren to grandmothers - and Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley

The Brownie Dawn Patrol: Volume 2: Selected columns from one of Ireland's funniest writers

Geoff Hill

The second volume of collected columns from one of Ireland's funniest writers whose cult following included everyone from schoolchildren to grandmothers - and Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley

The second volume of collected columns from one of Ireland's funniest writers whose cult following included everyone from schoolchildren to grandmothers - and Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley

The Brownie Dawn Patrol: Volume 3

Geoff Hill

Volume three of the collected columns from one of Ireland's funniest writers whose cult following included everyone from schoolchildren to grandmothers - and Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley

Volume three of the collected columns from one of Ireland's funniest writers whose cult following included everyone from schoolchildren to grandmothers - and Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley

The Brownie Dawn Patrol: Volume 4

Geoff Hill

The fourth and final volume of collected columns from one of Ireland's funniest writers whose cult following included everyone from schoolchildren to grandmothers - and Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley

The fourth and final volume of collected columns from one of Ireland's funniest writers whose cult following included everyone from schoolchildren to grandmothers - and Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley

Angel Street: An epic tale of love and betrayal spanning two continents and the 20th Century

Geoff Hill

An Irishman abandoned by his wife who goes travelling to leave the scene of his loss. A neurotic Dutch girl with a dark secret. A Finnish woman who has moved to Los Angeles to find her father, her only clue a name and number scribbled by her mother just before she died in childbirth. Three people, two trying to let go of their past and one trying to find hers, whose lives are woven together in... read more

An Irishman abandoned by his wife who goes travelling to leave the scene of his loss. A neurotic Dutch girl with a dark secret. A Finnish woman who has moved to Los Angeles to find her father, her only clue a name and number scribbled by her mother just before she died in childbirth. Three people, two trying to let go of their past and one trying to find hers, whose lives are woven together in... read more

The Ulster Joke Book

general wear to the book. faint dirt marks on the inside cover and first page

general wear to the book. faint dirt marks on the inside cover and first page

This Way Up: How a boy who longed to fly finally got his wings

Geoff Hill

Geoff Hill is a critically acclaimed author and award-winning journalist based in Northern Ireland.His 16 books include novels Angel Street, Smith and The Butler’s Son, accounts of epic motorbike journeys Way to Go, The Road to Gobblers Knob, Oz and In Clancy’s Boots, collected travel stories in Anyway, Where was I? and a joke book. In This Way Up, he tells the story of how his boyhood dream t... read more

Geoff Hill is a critically acclaimed author and award-winning journalist based in Northern Ireland.His 16 books include novels Angel Street, Smith and The Butler’s Son, accounts of epic motorbike journeys Way to Go, The Road to Gobblers Knob, Oz and In Clancy’s Boots, collected travel stories in Anyway, Where was I? and a joke book. In This Way Up, he tells the story of how his boyhood dream t... read more

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