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Malcolm Castle


Others say

"A wonderful evening, created by a talented speaker. All the delegates were surprised at the range of bizarre and hilarious jobs a firefighter can be called on to do, and the hoots of laughter which echoed around the hall at the stories were testament to how well Malcolm re-told them. I would happily recommend Malcolm to any group who are after an interesting, funny, and extremely satisfying evening."
West Midlands W.I Conference

"Malcolm delivered an eye-opening insight into the more peculiar and humorous side of being a firefighter in Shropshire. We were entertained for over an hour with tales of the freefalling cat, the upside-down horse, and the heroic rescue of a teddy bear. A thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable speaker, and a very friendly and affable man. I have no hesitation in recommending him."
ICAL International

"On behalf of the Shropshire Section of the Vintage Motorcycle club I wish to thank you for your very interesting and amusing talk on your experiences in the fire service given to the club on Wednesday, 26th March."
Shropshire Section of the Vintage Motorcycle club - Chairman

"The Chairman has asked me to write to thank you for attending the Civic Dinner on 12th September as guest speaker. I am sure you will agree that the evening was a great success with your talk entitled “The lighter side of a firefighter’s life” being thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended."
Secretary to Chairman, Civic Dinner

Fireman, entrepreneur, adventure sports enthusiast, poet and professional speaker all in one! Malcolm Castle is prolific, intelligent, charismatic and funny – the ideal after dinner speaker.


Born in Nelson Lancashire, Malcolm’s first year was spent on a farm on the moors above Rochdale. His move southwards to Shrewsbury happened when his father realised the farm couldn't support a family of four but teaching about farming could. Shropshire had an agricultural college and so it was here where he grew up.
Malcolm’s teenage education was at the local 'Secondary modern school for boys'.  It was a rough, tough school which taught him more about life than academia.


After failing to become a helicopter pilot, Malcolm happened across the fire service. Surprisingly, it seemed to fit. Malcolm had variety, adventure, camaraderie, more challenges than he could shake a stick at, time off, enough money and, most of all, the joy of looking forward to going to work!

"Malcolm’s “larger than life” stature and personality come across in his highly entertaining and humorous talk on the lighter side of being a firefighter. He had his audience enthralled the whole time and I wholeheartedly recommend anyone to book him."
Entertainments secretary, SURC

His life away from the job has been guided by the maxim "If you're gonna be a bear, be a Grizzly!", so if a thing is worth doing, it's worth doing well. He has a love of adventure sports, and so far has spent varying numbers of years doing. . . .scuba diving, water skiing, snow skiing and snowboarding, paragliding, hang gliding, paramotoring, microlighting, sky diving, kite surfing, kite buggying, pot-holing, and rock climbing, with the odd bungee-jump thrown in for good measure.

Not content with adventure alone, Malcolm also enjoys the more artistic side of life and has had the pleasure of acting, producing and directing plays, playing the guitar, writing songs and poetry (funny poems!), ballroom and modern jive dancing, singing, and enjoying shows and musicals.

Malcolm has built a successful business which he has run alongside his fire service career for the last 30 years.

The aim of the business: to finance the adventure sports he so enjoys!

Malcom’s third book, Going to Blazes, has been commissioned, and the whole series has been launched in the US.

He has been recruited by the BBC as their ‘fire service authority’, and he has appeared on various TV shows, including a chat show about dealing with trauma.

Speaking Topics

Fireman, entrepreneur, adventure sports enthusiast, poet and professional speaker all in one!

  • Inspirational
  • Motivational
  • Comedy

For further information or to book Malcolm Castle, call us at Speakers Corner on +44 (0) 20 8365 3200 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

Interview with Malcolm Castle


What can a typical corporate audience learn from your experiences?


There is always something to be learnt from mistakes, and many of my stories are examples of when things go wrong. In my speech it’s always with hilarious consequences, but the lessens gleaned from these mistakes can easily be applied to any other area of society.


How did the corporate speaking begin?


• My first booking was nineteen years ago to a small ladies fellowship group at a local church. Word of mouth recommendations created a snowball effect and within a year I was booked to be the guest speaker at the Annual West Midlands W.I conference. The large events have become a lot more prolific, but I still thoroughly enjoy the small, more intimate bookings.


Which event has been your favourite and why?


• I did a lunchtime speech for a retired businessman’s association and was told to keep it to 25 minutes as they tended to nod off at their usual type of speaker. I took great pleasure in not only keeping them all awake for 40 minutes but hearing their laughter and hands banging on their tables while I regaled them with a barrage of my best selection of stories.


Why do you love being a speaker?


• I find it a real joy to know that everyone is listening, and laughing, and oooing and aahing, as I tell them of the more bizarre, curious, hilarious but always entertaining stories about life as a fireman. There are so many things about the fire service which people aren’t aware of and find interesting and entertaining that I have to be careful to stick to the required time limit


If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be?


Another group made up of retired professionals. They have such an appreciation of the variety within the world that they are always thoroughly entertained by my wide selection of humorous stories


Who would you most like to share a platform with?


Someone new to speaking. I would enjoy sharing the wealth of experience I now have with someone keen to learn.


What do you do to ensure your presentation has a lasting impact?


I make sure that the audience have had a thoroughly entertaining and satisfying evening. I’ve always found that the more people laugh, the more they feel they’ve had a good evening, and my speeches are full of hilarious and entertaining stories, so that seems to do the trick


What's your biggest achievement this year?


Going back to the town I was born in to talk to a ladies dinner club. It was a large event but I was made very welcome by the ladies to my left and right on the top table…. It was almost sad when I had to stop talking about the town to actually give my speech!


What’s your favourite way to spend a Sunday?


I own a paramotor, and I love to go flying at a weekend, often a Sunday, and take myself off into ‘the wide blue yonder’ and have some time to myself flying above the busyness of the world below.


Can you leave us with an inspirational one liner from your speech?


From one of my speeches…. ‘You only live once, but if you live it right, once is enough’

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