John Dougherty

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Children's author, poet & songwriter with extensive experience in primary schools. Former chair of CWIG and advocate for public libraries. Funny, entertaining, and passionate about promoting reading!

John's first book, Zeus on the Loose. was published in 2004 and shortlisted for the Branford Boase award for an outstanding first novel for children. He has since written over 30 books including the critically acclaimed Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face series, There's a Pig Up My Nose, and his first poetry collection Dinosaurs & Dinner-Ladies.

He is the Patron of Reading at Minchinhampton Primary in Gloucestershire, and a founding patron of the Chipping Norton Literary Festival. He’s a strong supporter of the library service, and his song What's Wrong with Ed Vaizey can be found here.

In 2016-17 John helped to lead a whole-school project in Minchinhampton resulting in  the publication of A Portal in Time, a adventure story with around 350 authors.


John served on the Children's Writers and Illustrators Group sub-committee for five years, and was chair from 2013-2015.


John is happy to grant phone, radio and TV interviews via the Society or his website, and to be a contact for articles and programmes on:  libraries; Reading for Pleasure; schools and education (particularly primary, pre-primary & alternatives to traditional approaches); literacy; supporting high street bookshops; the importance of creativity and play; and minority representation in children’s literature.


John is a very popular speaker at schools and other events both at home and abroad. He can be booked via the Society or

John can be booked via his website.

Give talks and readings in schools, Make personal appearances, Give readings in schools, Write reviews, Give seminars/workshops, Write for magazines/newspapers
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