He writes poetry, and in 2018 thirteen of his poems were published in leading UK poetry publisher Carcanet Press' "New Poetries VII" anthology. Neil was the 2005 winner of the Kent & Sussex International Poetry competition. He was short-listed for the UK's Bridport Prize in 2021.
He has an occasional career as a translator of German and French theatre, and has has also written children's fiction for
story collections published both by Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press.
He is represented in the UK by Matthew Dench at agents Dench Arnold, and for theatre in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland by publishers Per H Lauke Verlag.
From 1986 to 1997 Neil was a journalist, working as a general news reporter and war correspondent for United Press International in East Africa and Southern Africa, and then as a business journalist for S&P Global Platts in the Middle East and London. From 1997 to 2002 he was global editorial vice-president of Platts, before resigning his position to pursue the writing side of his career. From 2002 to 2008 he served as part-time vice-president of strategy and business development for Platts. From 2009 to 2019, alongside his writing and theatre work, he was an independent consultant, serving clients including the International Energy Agency in Paris, African oil consultancy CITAC, EU H2020 deep-tech grant specialists Zaz Ventures, and RELX Group's ICIS energy and chemicals information business. He also spent one year as interim Head of Content for ICIS.
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