Jon Mayhew
Jon Mayhew

All About Jon Mayhew

Jon Mayhew lives in Cheshire and has been a teacher for 25 years, working in high schools, primary schools and special schools so there isn’t much he hasn’t seen in terms of school life. Coming from an education background, he is passionate about inspiring children to enjoy all forms of reading and writing. Jon is happy working across the ability range.
Jon’s writing is inspired by the books he shared with pupils as a teacher and by his own childhood experience of reading. Jon’s own reading journey as a child involved not reading, being bored in libraries, collecting Marvel Comics and finally realising what he was missing out on! He likes to share this experience with the pupils.
Jon Mayhew’s first book Mortlock, won the Leeds, Calderdale, Warwickshire and Sefton Book Awards as well as being short-listed for the Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year. It was also selected for the Booktrust’s Booked Up scheme and proved to be the most popular title of its year. Subsequent books have been short-listed for many regional awards.

Jon’s School Visits

Jon’s typical day at a primary or secondary school might start with an author talk to a whole year group or more. Then the day would be broken into workshops of 30 pupils. Jon is happy to work with gifted and talented cohorts or those with additional needs. Jon loves to meet pupils on his visit and likes a chance to meet them at lunchtime in the school library, this could be a formal book signing or just a drop-in and chat.

Large group talks:

Jon’s interactive, fun talks usually last for about an hour including 10 minutes Q&A at the end. The talks involve pupil interaction, riddles, storytelling and a bit of humour too. Current talks are:
On the Road to Eastham Library – Sad to say, Jon had a run-in with a grumpy teacher and a bad reading scheme when he was 9. So he stopped reading. This is about his childhood experience with books, his reluctance to read, comics and his rediscovery of the world of literature
Riddles and Wishes – An interactive talk in which pupils solve riddles and take the role of an evil genie as they try to grant Jon’s wishes (in a bad way)
Mayhew’s World of Weird Monsters – A talk about each of Jon’s books and the monsters therein! Again involves riddles
Monster Odyssey – A romp through the monstrous undersea world of my Monster Odyssey series, including an introduction to Jules Verne

Primary:

Jon’s books are aimed at 8 years and older, so lend themselves to years 5 and 6. He is happy to address whole year groups and talk about his books, writing and reading experiences. These sessions are interactive and lively. He has no upper limit on numbers and has spoken to groups of 600 before now.
Jon can offer workshops to up to 30 pupils. These usually focus on:
The Art of Fear! – building tension in writing
Daring to be Stupid – generating ideas, having the confidence to build them into a story.
Writing a Monster – a descriptive writing session focusing on ‘Show Not Tell.’

Secondary:

Jon’s books are aimed at 8 years and older, so lend themselves to years 7 and 8. He is happy to address whole year groups and talk about his books, writing and reading experiences. These sessions are interactive and lively. He has no upper limit on numbers and has spoken to groups of 600 before now. The subjects are the same as outlined in the primary section.
Jon can offer workshops to up to 30 pupils and happily works with pupils right up to year 12. These usually focus on:
The Art of Fear! – building tension in writing.
Writing very short stories (flash fiction).
Daring to be Stupid – generating ideas, having the confidence to build them into a story.
For workshops, Jon needs a laptop, white board and projector for PowerPoint. The pupils need paper and pens.
All sessions last an hour but can be extended. Jon prides himself on being flexible and meeting the needs of individual schools.

Jon’s Books

mortlock

Mortlock
A Victorian, Gothic, Supernatural adventure. When Josie Chrimes finds her house invaded by three hideous shape-shifting witches, she is propelled on a quest to find the Amarant, the flower of life. Aided by her twin brother Alfie, they discover the dark secrets of their family past, the truth about the Amarant and come to realise that death is not the end…

the demon collector

The Demon Collector
Set in the same world as Mortlock, young Edgy Taylor sees demons where other humans can’t. he thinks he is going insane until he is adopted by the Royal Society of Daemonologie and life is never the same again. Demons, sea serpents, and human villains worse than devils populate this dark world.

the bonehill curse

The Bonehill Curse
Necessity Bonehill is a bully trapped in a stuffy school for girls. She longs to break free and go home to her parents. But when she opens a bottle containing a rather nasty genie, Necessity is sent on an adventure to save the world. Battling Vampires, a zombie horde and a secret army of Lashkars, Necessity has seven days to stop the genie from destroying the world.

monster odyssey

Monster Odyssey
The Eye of Neptune: Prince Dakkar is the son of an Indian Rajah, sent to England to learn from Count Oginski, a mysterious genius. But things go wrong and Oginski is kidnapped by the evil and enigmatic Cryptos. Using Oginski’s prototype submarine, Dakkar has to cross seas infested by sharks and giant squid to rescue him. Young Captain Nemo meets Pirates of the Carribean with a little bit of Bond thrown in for good measure!

Reviews and Recommendations

Monster Odyssey: “A delightful, mind boggling adventure. Well done.” Bernadette Cameron, Hobart High School librarian.

“This book was brilliant – it has all of the classic ingredients that will take you back to your childhood. Assassins, espionage and a mind boggling adventure.” Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books

Mortlock: “Mayhew has woven a rich tapestry depicting a series of convincing worlds . . . It has a breathtaking pace [and there] are characters we hope to meet again.” Children’s Book of the Month, The Observer

“A fine creation.” Guardian

Demon Collector: “Mortlock was a striking debut . . . it created a creepy atmosphere that won much praise. The Demon Collector is equally full of well-written suspense but far funnier, with a strong filmic element that fans of Joseph Delaney’s Spooks Apprentice and Anthony McGowan’s Hellbent will lap up.” The Times

“Just wanted to say a big Thank You for a brilliant day on Friday. The children absolutely loved it and so did the staff!” Barbara Heaton (Weaverham High, Cheshire)

“The Head said she was really impressed by the way in which you engaged the children, and the staff all absolutely loved your presentation.” Judith Partridge- School Librarian (Alwoodley Primary, Leeds)
“The students really enjoyed the talk and I’m still telling tales from your talk.” Sue Harris BLib MCLIP Librarian (Beaconsfield High School)

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Jon Mayhew, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk

Further information on Jon Mayhew is available from his website: http://www.jonmayhew.co.uk