About Me

Adventurer. Author. Awakener

Hello there. This is me.

My name is Neil Hawkesford (you’ve probably picked up on that already) 

I’m an Adventurer, an Author and an Awakener…… It took a long time for me to realise I was all these things.

Let me explain.

I’m an Adventurer – OK, I don’t hack my way through jungles or trek across Antarctica. But I do treat life as an adventure. I need new experiences. I need to see new places. I need to meet new people. Sometimes adrenaline is involved, oftentimes not. Either way, I believe the purpose of life is living….. that’s why they call it life.

I’m an Author –  I’ve written two books, the third is well underway. It’s how I earn a living.

I’m an Awakener – This one sounds pretentious I know. But the truth of it is inescapable. The evidence came from others. I started blogging in 2006. Over the years I’ve received thousands of emails and comments from readers. In 2015 I published my first book ‘A Foolish Voyage’. Since then I’ve had a steady flow of emails and reviews. Publishing ‘A Foolish Odyssey’ only increased that flow. A theme began to emerge from all this feedback. People told me I’d inspired them. They said I’d given them hope. They thanked me for spurring them into action. They shared their own plans and ideas, their excitement.

Needless to say I am incredibly grateful for every single one of those messages. There can be no greater reward for sharing your life with others. But ultimately that’s all I’d done; shared stuff. If my words had any positive effect on anyone it was purely accidental, I felt undeserving of any reward.

But then I realised something.

My feelings didn’t matter. What mattered was that I’d helped a few folks out. What mattered was that there were many others out there who needed help.

And I realised something else. Having adventures and writing weren’t enough. I needed my work to be meaningful, to have a purpose.

It’s simply this:

To encourage the demoralised to escape their self-imprisonment, reclaim their freedom and live a life that excites them.

I’ll try and do that by sharing my adventures, showing what’s possible, passing on what I’ve learnt. Simple.

In old English, awaken means “to stir up” or to “rouse activity”.  That’s what I want my to do. That’s why I am an ‘Awakener’

Want to know more? 

Here you go.

I’m a practicing Stoic with a bit of Pantheist, Humanist and Bhuddist mixed in. Alan Watts is my guru.

I’m bullshit intolerant. An optimist who gets depressed.

I need space, I don’t do crowds and cities.

I’m a closet rebel. I don’t like rules, I don’t like being told what to do.

I’m unemployable.

I believe the Power Elite exists and there’s nothing we can do about it.

I believe most of us are being played.
(Read ‘Creating Freedom’ by Raoul Martinez)
Tiki 38 Gleda

I lived on a boat for years. I didn’t sleep on land often.

That’s my boat over there on the right, I built her myself, in a barn far from the sea.

Let’s just call it productive insanity eh?

Now I live in a caravan, it’s time to explore on land for a while.

I’M A JACK OF ALL TRADES – a Renaissance Man, Polymath, Multipotentialite,

I’m proud of that. Jacks (and Jills) of all trades get bad press. Folks forget the full rhyme goes like this:

A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one

I believe that being multi-skilled, innovative, knowledge-seeking, exploratory and multi-purposeful is a good thing. I’m too complex to categorise.

The ”Dean of science fiction writers” Robert A.Heinlein once said –

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialisation is for insects.”


WHAT I’M PROUD OF (More to follow)

  • Joining the Royal Navy and passing out from H.M.S. Ganges at the age of 17.
  • Packing an ejector seat parachute that saved a pilots life.
  • Sailing an 18ft boat single-handed along the South Coast of England.
  • Completing a double-handed voyage from Falmouth to the Canary Islands in a 35ft junk-rigged yacht.
  • Seeing my daughter born.
  • Project managing the installation of sports surfaces for the Commonwealth Games – Manchester 2002 & Special Olympics – Dublin 2003.
  • Working with the British Standards Institute and Flooring Trade Organisations to develop new British and European Standards.
  • Investigating, reporting on and resolving technical issues on construction sites around the UK & Ireland.
  • Resigning my well-paid corporate job on a matter of principle.
  • Building the Cutty Sark & Thames Barge equestrian jumps used at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
  • Seeing my daughter receive her Masters Degree.
  • Building a 38ft catamaran and sailing her from the UK to the Mediterranean.
  • Writing and self-publishing ‘A Foolish Voyage’.
  • Writing and self-publishing ‘A Foolish Odyssey’.
  • Still being here.

See, I told you.

I was taught English by Craig Thomas, at King Edward VI Grammar School, Lichfield. He was the only one there worthy of the title ‘teacher’. 

He later wrote 18 books including the novel Firefox, which was made into a movie starring Clint Eastwood.

He passed away in 2011, but I shall always be grateful to him for sparking my passion for reading and writing.

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