Queen of Teen 2014 Juno Dawson – formerly known as James – is the multi award-winning author of seven novels including the best-selling CLEAN and THIS BOOK IS GAY. Her memoir, THE GENDER GAMES, is being developed for television by Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sunnymarch production company, and CLEAN is being developed by Blueprint Pictures.
Juno is a columnist at Attitude Magazine, Glamour Magazine, The Pool and The Metro. She has appeared on BBC Women’s Hour, Front Row, ITV News, Channel 5 News, Lorraine, Good Morning Britain, This Morning, Newsnight, Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side and the official Love Island podcast. She is able to discuss sex, gender, sexuality, education, feminism and politics. She has modelled for Warehouse UK and MAC Cosmetics. She has appeared in fashion spreads for Glamour UK, Attitude, Happyful and Alright Darlin Magazine.
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 and training at Stage 84 School of Performing Arts. 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 underwent gender transition.
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 connoisseur of pop music. In 2014 Juno became a School Role Model for the charity STONEWALL.
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