"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.
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 www.visitingauthor.com for more details!
John's written around 30 books so far. They're generally pretty clever and very funny!