Author Archives: JB

Writing Stories for Children starts 16 Sept

The next course at Bute Park will be Writing Stories For Children – always a popular course, so book early! Over six Sundays we will look at the basics of plot, character and voice in writing stories for children of … Continue reading

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The Night Fogs – first post-Brexit novel?

Octavos Bookshop in Cardiff Bay was packed to the rafters yesterday for the launch of The Night Fogs, Dale Frances Hay’s dystopian fantasy of a future Cardiff attacked by mysterious fogs.  The first draft of the novel was written before … Continue reading

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Writing Stories for Children put back a fortnight

The Writing Stories for Children course due to start April 22 will now run from May 6 to June 10.  The reason for this is that the Beasts from the East parts 1 and 2 have made a mess of … Continue reading

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Writing Stories for Children starts April 22

The next course at Bute Park will be Writing Stories For Children – always a popular course, so book early! Over six Sundays we will look at the basics of plot, character and voice in writing stories for children of … Continue reading

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Creative Writing for All starts Jan 14

I’m happy to announce that creative writing courses in Bute Park get back on track in the new year with a Creative Writing For All course starting on January 14 for six Sundays.  Classes run from 1.30-3pm and the cost … Continue reading

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More courses in the new year

Once again I apologise to all those who’ve contacted me asking about courses recently.  At the moment I’m fully engaged in the campaign for my children’s book Thimble Monkey Superstar to win the 2017 Lollies, for which it was shortlisted … Continue reading

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Oct 8: free talk by Jon Blake on writing for children

As you’ll see from the previous article, your Bute Park tutor has been shortlisted for the Lollies (Laugh Out Loud awards) 2017 for Thimble Monkey Superstar.  It’s also 30 years since I came to Cardiff – years in which I’ve … Continue reading

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Cardiff author shortlisted for Lollies

I’m delighted to announce that your Bute Park tutor has been shortlisted for a major award, the 2017 Lollies (Laugh Out Loud awards), for Thimble Monkey Superstar. Fear not, this will not affect the price of creative writing courses in … Continue reading

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More courses planned

Can You Write For Children? has now drawn to a successful conclusion but I shall be running more courses this year. As always I am interested to hear what you are looking for – I’m qualified to teach novel or … Continue reading

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Due to demand, another Can You Write For Children? course starts March 5th

Can You Write for Children?, starting Sunday Jan 8th, is now fully booked, but as demand has been so strong I am running a second course after the current one ends. The course will begin on March 5th for six … Continue reading

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