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John Dougherty is an Irish poet, singer and songwriter whose humorous books delight children everywhere. John was born in Larne, Northern Ireland, and grew up there during the height of The Troubles. After graduating from the Queen’s University of Belfast, he spent some time working in a children’s home and then a hostel for young men, among other jobs, before training in England to be a teacher.    

After 11 years of teaching in London, he became a full-time writer following the publication of his first book. He still spends a lot of time in schools, but now as an author talking about writing and inspiring the children to read.
His first book, Zeus on the Loose, was shortlisted for the prestigious Branford Boase Award, and his latest Zeus story, Zeus Sorts It Out, was chosen by The Times (UK) as one of the best children’s books of 2011. – Read More

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