John Dougherty is the award-winning author of almost forty books for children. In addition to the Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face series (“brilliant” - Daily Telegraph), and There’s a Pig Up My Nose (“delightfully funny” - Sunday Times), John’s works include a collection of poetry, several critically-acclaimed novels for younger readers, and contributions to a number of reading schemes such as the Oxford Reading Tree.

A former teacher, John’s also a singer, a songwriter, and a seasoned performer. He’s visited schools and festivals from Swindon to Sydney, from Milan to Mumbai, and his appearance before a crowd of 1700 children and teachers at the 2017 Hay Festival was live-streamed to 900 primary schools.

From 2013-2015, John chaired the Society of Authors’ Children’s Writers & Illustrators Group. He was one of the first Patrons of Reading in the UK, and is a Founding Patron of the Chipping Norton Literary Festival.