The author

With Winky

With Winky, approx 1992

Jon Blake is the author of over sixty books for children and teenagers, including the picture book You’re A Hero, Daley B (ill. Axel Scheffler, worldwide sales of over 200,000) and Little Stupendo (shortlisted for the Children’s Book Award).

Other big sellers include One Girl School (over 35,000) and literacy hour favourite Mark Two.

In 1995 Jon’s TV play Life was shortlisted for a Writers Guild Award, while in 2002 he won a BBC Talent award for his adult radio sitcom Degrees R Us (series broadcast on BBC Radio Wales). Jon is particularly noted for original and anarchic humour, typified by Stinky Finger’s House of Fun and Thimble, Monkey Superstar.

The son of an electrician and shopworker, Jon was born in Mortimer, Berkshire and brought up in Southampton. Jon went to college in Exeter, dropped out and worked in a furniture shop in Winchester, then continued studying at York and Bretton Hall (near Wakefield) before becoming a teacher and community centre warden in Peterborough and Nottingham. He moved to Cardiff in 1987 and now lives in the Canton area.

Besides being a writer, Jon has been involved in many community projects and teaches creative writing at the Bute Park Education Centre, Cardiff. A lifelong egalitarian, he is also an activist and singer-guitarist with Shipbuilding.

Jon’s main website is here.

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