Author details

Jonathan Meres

Biography

Left school at the age of 16 and joined the merchant navy as a navigating cadet. I spent the next 7 years sailing around the world on cargo ships, passenger ships, bulk carriers, ferries and even a dredger! I left the sea because I wanted to be a rock star but ended up being an ice cream van driver instead. Eventually I went to live in London, where I put my vast experience in the ice cream industry to good use by working in the ice cream parlour in Harrods. I got a band together called Subi Kechil, named after an island I used to pass in The South China Sea. Then one day I saw an advertisement in The Stage newspaper looking for actors for a play. I turned up for the audition, green as the proverbial hills and got the part. It was a very weird play. It had goats in it. Real goats not pretend ones. Anyway then I got a job with a childrens’ theatre company and did that for a couple of years - touring round schools and theatres and stuff - before trying my hand at stand up comedy. (We’ve reached 1984 now by the way if anyone’s wondering). So I was a comedian for about 10 years. That’s pretty much all I did - unless you count appearing as an extra in various forgettable pop videos! I called myself Johnny Immaterial - but only so that I could walk on and say “My name is Immaterial. Johnny Immaterial”. Pretty funny huh? A few people obviously thought so because I won a Time Out magazine award for comedy. I was nominated for The Perrier Award for comedy at The Edinburgh Festival in 1993 with a show called My Booze Hell By Little Johnny Cartilage. I later wrote and acted in a series of the same name on BBC Radio 4. I did my last comedy gig in 1994 and since then my job description has been writer/actor, strictly in that order.

About writer's work

As well as writing books for a wide age-range, I write for TV and radio as well. Amongst many TV writing credits I have written 2 x 13 part TV series of Yo! Diary! for CBBC, based on my own Yo! Diary! books as well as several episodes of The Hoobs and Carrie And David’s Popshop for CBeebies. Co-tutored a week long Arvon Foundation ‘Writing For Children’ course in 2004 & again in 2007. In 2006 I taught creative writing to P6 children in an Edinburgh primary school for a 5 week period. I don’t consciously set out to write about any particular recurring themes or social issues, but I do like to think that my writing is accessible and not especially heavy, or difficult. Having said that, I guess humour is a bit of a recurring theme in my work, even when tackling subjects that aren’t especially funny.

Current events and projects

Very keen to dispel the myth that anything to do with books, writing, writers and authors is “boooooring!” Prepared to do pretty much anything to achieve that aim! See ‘Author Visits’ page on web site for proof.

Other work

On the Money, published by Scottish Book Trust. Standard Life and Learning Teaching Scotland, 2007

Email

johnnymeres@btinternet.com

Local authority where they are based

Edinburgh

Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

Age groups

5-8, 9-12, Teens

LL funded

Yes

BRAW network

Yes

Author type

Writer

Language

English

Books written

The World of Norm: 7: Must Be Washed Separately

Author(s): Jonathan Meres
Norm knew it was going to be one of those days when he was woken by the sound of an elephant breaking wind in the next room... Not the best start to a day, but it's about to get a whole lot wo

The World of Norm: May Need Filling In

Author(s): Jonathan Meres
The first full-length activity book dedicated to the World of Norm! Packed with quizzes, games, doodles, fun facts and lots more. You'd be abso-flipping-lutely mad to miss out!

The World Of Norm May Be Contagious

Author(s): Jonathan Meres
Following on from his first four massively unfair adventures, Norm is back!

The World of Norm: May Require Batteries

Author(s): Jonathan Meres
Norm knew it was going to be one of those days when he got out of bed and stepped in something he shouldn't have What with overdue homework, overdue allowance, and a bag full of overdue newspape

Koala Calamity

Author(s): Jonathan Meres
<p><span>You might think that koalas are boring, just because all they do is eat eucalyptus leaves and sleep. For 19 hours a day. But you'd be wrong. They're not boring.
The World of Norm: May Contain Nuts

The World of Norm: May Contain Nuts

Author(s): Jonathan Meres
Why on earth did Norm's family have to move, anyway? In their old house he'd never tried to pee in anything other than a toilet.
May Contain Nuts (The World of Norm)

May Contain Nuts (The World of Norm)

Author(s): Jonathan Meres
Why on earth did Norm's family have to move, anyway? In their old house he'd never tried to pee in anything other than a toilet.
May Contain Nuts (The World of Norm)

May Contain Nuts (The World of Norm)

Author(s): Jonathan Meres
Why on earth did Norm's family have to move, anyway? In their old house he'd never tried to pee in anything other than a toilet.
Phenomenal! The Small Book of Big Words

Phenomenal! The Small Book of Big Words

Author(s): Jonathan Meres
DISCOMBOBULATED Pronounced ~ dis-com-bob-u-lated. Means ~ thrown into confusion. As in ~ the lion is discombobulated by the skateboarding wildebeest. And ~ my parents are discombobulated w

Our City (Onecity)

Illustrated by: John Fardell
The first in a new series of &quot;OneCity&quot; books (crime and London to follow in 2009), this is a cracking collection of specially commissioned stories for upper primary school children,

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