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Jonathan Meres

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English
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Former merchant seaman, ice cream van driver, hand model, pop video extra and Perrier Award-nominated stand-up comedian. As an actor, he’s appeared on TV and in movies, as well as voicing hundreds of TV and radio commercials. As a writer, he’s written for TV and radio, but is best known for being the author of 45 books for children, including the best-selling and award-winning series, The World Of Norm, which has been translated into 20 languages. He has also written books for younger children, including the Noodle the Doodle series for Barrington Stoke, as well as titles published by Harper Collins, Bloomsbury and Macmillan, amongst others. His Yo! Diary! books were adapted into a 26-part TV series for CBBC, whilst his most recent picture book, Scaredy Bat (Little Door Books) was nominated for the Bookbug Prize. Jonathan's background, in comedy and children’s theatre, ensures that he’s been in constant demand at schools, events and book festivals throughout the UK and beyond, ever since his first book was published, in 1998. “A masterclass of revving up children into a frenzy of excitement and laughter and then drawing them back in through the power of storytelling” – Nick Bevington, Headteacher, Dulwich College, Singapore.

Local authorities will visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events will deliver

Chairing events; Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Audience will work with

Reluctant readers

Topics of work

Adolescence; Animals; Comedy, humour & funny books; Family; Rhyming books for younger readers

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups will work with

3-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+