Joe Bennett is a delightful after dinner speaker who captivates his audience with down to earth Kiwi humour. As an MC he says he’s even better as he has full rein to orchestrate the entire proceedings. Whichever way you choose to utilize Joe’s talents you will not be disappointed.
Joe Bennett is English by birth and was raised in Brighton – a town once described as looking as if it was helping the police with their enquiries.
Joe went to Cambridge University and then, for want of any better ideas, taught English in Spain, France, and Canada and, from 1987, New Zealand.
In 1998, Joe ran from the classroom to become a newspaper columnist. He has twice been voted columnist of the year at Qantas Media Awards and since leaving Cambridge has taught English in a variety of safe countries, including Canada and New Zealand.
Joe blasts every topic with the limpid comic prose which has led to his columns being syndicated throughout New Zealand and induced international publishers Simon and Schuster to publish 2 collection of his columns, “Fun Run and Other Oxymorons” and “Bedside Lovers and Other Goats”, throughout the rest of the English-speaking world. Now a freelance writer, Joe appears with regular irregularity on television and National Radio and weekly on national TV on TV One’s “Breakfast”.
He has written 8 books, compilations of his regular columns. “Just Walking the Dogs”, “Sleeping Dogs and Other Lies”, “So Help Me Dog”, “Sit and Barking”, “Dogmatic”, “Doggone” and “Unmuzzled”. He has recently released two new books — the first, Land of Two Halves, tells about his experiences hitch-hiking from one end of the New Zealand to the other. The second is about his experiences hitch-hiking around England.