1 November 2016

Award-winning youth author in Brighton for talk

To celebrate the BBC’s #LovetoRead campaign Brighton & Hove Libraries are teaming up with The Reading Agency to bring the city’s young readers together at Jubilee Library for an audience with award-winning Young Adult author Juno Dawson on Thursday 3rd November, 4.30 – 6pm.

Queen of Teen 2014 Juno Dawson is the multi award-winning author of six novels for young adults, including the bestselling non-fiction guide to life for young LGBT people, THIS BOOK IS GAY, and the 2016 follow up, MIND YOUR HEAD.

The event has been devised by the Brighton & Hove Reading Hack group – young people who get together to make things happen in libraries – and is free and open to all. Expect great questions, honest answers, writing activities and much more.

About Juno Dawson

Queen of Teen 2014 Juno Dawson is the multi award-winning author of six novels for young adults. In 2016, she authored the best-selling World Book Day title: SPOT THE DIFFERENCE. Her next novel is the beautiful and emotive MARGOT & ME (Jan 2017).

Juno also wrote the bestselling non-fiction guide to life for young LGBT people, THIS BOOK IS GAY. In 2016 a follow-up, MIND YOUR HEAD, featured everything a young person needs to know about mental health.

Juno is a regular contributor to Attitude Magazine, Glamour Magazine and The Guardian and has contributed to news items on BBC Women’s Hour, Front Row, ITV News, Channel 5 News, This Morning and Newsnight concerning sexuality, identity, literature and education.

Juno’s titles have received rave reviews and have been translated into more than ten languages around the world.

Juno grew up in West Yorkshire, writing imaginary episodes of Doctor Who. She later turned her talent to journalism, interviewing luminaries such as Steps and Atomic Kitten before writing a weekly serial in a Brighton newspaper. In 2015, Juno announced her intention to undergo gender transition and live as a woman.

Juno writes full time and lives in Brighton. In her spare time, she still loves Doctor Who and is a keen follower of horror films and a connoisseur of pop music. In 2014 Juno became a School Role Model for the charity STONEWALL.

About The Reading Agency

The Reading Agency is a charity whose mission is to inspire more people to read more, encourage them to share their enjoyment of reading and celebrate the difference that reading makes to all our lives. It supports people at all stages of their reading journey. See www.thereadingagency.org.uk

About the BBC’s Love to Read campaign

Reading is one of life's greatest joys and can awaken our imagination, inspire and challenge us - not just as children but throughout our lives. That's why the BBC has launched #LovetoRead, a campaign to celebrate reading. A comprehensive and exciting season of programmes is putting reading centre-stage this autumn.

The #LovetoRead campaign aims to inspire audiences with programmes about great authors and their work, nationally, regionally and locally. BBC radio stations have launched book clubs in partnership with local libraries and in October and November you'll see a nationwide social media campaign to share book recommendations.

For more info about this event or Brighton & Hove Libraries please contact Lucy Castle lucy.castle@brighton-hove.gov.uk (01273) 296977 or Vicky Tremain / Jo Rosenberg on (01273)296983