John Dougherty

Children's author, Poet

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5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3)


"A John Dougherty session is such fun that his young audiences - big or small - might not realise just quite how much they're learning" - award-winning author PHILIP ARDAGH

"Amazing... without a doubt one of the best author events that I have experienced"
Tamara McFarlane, Tales on Moon Lane children's bookshop, London

Children and teachers alike love John's sessions. An expert communicator and a very funny man, he''ll enthrall them, inspire them, and at times have them helpless with laughter. 

“Fantastic… a wonderful inspiration. There really is no substitute for this sort of experience” - Deputy Head, Berkshire

John's major aim is to help the school in developing or maintaining a healthy reading culture. Reading for pleasure is enormously good for both children and adults, and an author visit can be a very effective way to help children make the connection between reading and fun. With years of experience as a teacher, a writer and a performer, John is one of the best choices you could make.

A standard visit will include age-appropriate sessions taking in every class in the school from Nursery to Year 6. There'll be readings, music, perhaps a poem or two, and a lot of inspiration. 

John's first poetry collection, Dinosaurs & Dinner-Ladies, was published in 2016 by Otter-Barry Books, so if you'd like a visit with a poetry focus please get in touch too.

"John is one of the very best authors for schools we've had... certainly at the front rank of authors that I'd recommend for both schools and festival events" - Teresa Lowe, Glasgow West End Festival

"A natural entertainer, with a guitar-strumming comedy routine that would go down well on kids' TV" - Stroud News & Journal

John lives in Gloucestershire, but is willing to travel just about anywhere in the country - or outside it, for that matter. A standard visit costs £400 plus expenses.

Although specialising in primary school visits, John is happy to work with KS3 if required. He has a lot of experience not just in schools' work, but also with the media , having appeared as both interviewee and performer on local and national TV and radio, including BBC1 and Radios 2 & 4. 

Please see his website at for more details!

John's written around 30 books so far. They're generally very clever and very funny!
There's a Pig Up My Nose (isbn:978-1405277167)
A ridiculously fun and funny picture book!
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Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face and the Badness of Badgers (isbn:978-0192734495)
"I laughed so hard my head fell off!" - Megan (aged 8). First in a series of (so far!) six
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Dinosaurs & Dinner-Ladies (isbn:978-1910959565)
My first poetry collection. "A collection of sheer brilliance, wit and charm... [will] have readers on the floor with laughter in one moment, and deeply moved in another" - Lovereading4kids
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Zeus on the Loose (isbn:0552550817)
The Greek god Zeus turns up in Alex’s classroom, borrows his mum’s nightie, and causes mayhem!
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Zeus Sorts It Out (isbn:0552558079)
Chosen by The Times as one of the Best Children's Books of 2011
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Bansi O'Hara and the Bloodline Prophecy (isbn:0440867878)
A funny, exciting fantasy adventure featuring a determined heroine, two bonkers old ladies, a villainous boy who can turn into a wolf, a grumpy brownie, and the threat of a human sacrifice...
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Niteracy Hour (isbn:0552550825)
Can a heroic headlouse avoid the Comb, defeat a bully, and find out what happens in Treasure Island?
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Jack Slater, Monster Investigator (isbn:0552553727)
Armed with only a torch and a teddy, Jack must stop the monsters under the bed before it’s too late!
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Society of Authors, Scattered Authors' Society

Other search criteria:

Humour, Poetry

Book Type:
Fiction for children (any age), Picture books, Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13

funny, humour, reluctant readers, music, songs, books for boys