Jon Blake graduated in English and Education in 1978 and subsequently qualified as an English and Drama teacher, going on to teach at every level of the education system as well as a wide range of classes in the community. From 1994 to 2000 he taught creative writing at the University of Glamorgan, specialising in writing for children, and is currently a visiting lecturer in creative writing at the University of Newport.
Jon’s first story was published in 1984. He has since written over fifty titles and been published by many of the major publishing houses, including Puffin, Hodder, OUP, Heinemann, Collins and Walker Books. Little Stupendo was shortlisted for the 1995 Children’s Book Award and Mutiny on the School Ship Bounty shortlisted for the 2011 Tir Na Nog award. Big sellers include the picture book You’re A Hero Daley B (over 100,000 worldwide sales), One Girl School, Stinky Finger’s House of Fun and the subsequent House of Fun series. Though primarily known as a writer of the absurd, Jon has also written politically-charged young adult fiction, notably The Last Free Cat, attracting glowing reviews in both the UK and US. In 2011, Jon explored self-publication with a novel about the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival.
Jon has also written for tv and radio. His tv play Life was shortlisted for the 1996 Writers Guild Best Children TV Script while his adult radio sitcom Degrees R Us won a BBC Talent award and became a series on BBC Radio Wales.
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We'll look at a variety of published stories and study what makes them successful, then put this larning to practice in our own work.