Jon is a flâneur of words and the Internet who created, wrote and directed the first ever piece of drama to be performed on Twitter. Back in 2008 he persuaded a cast including MP Tom Watson to give over their timelines to perform Twitpanto: a full length piece of theatre that spun its story out into the unsuspecting online world. He organised psychogeographic trips around Birmingham’s Outer Circle bus route and founded the famous blog Birmingham: It’s Not Shit. He currently edits Paradise Circus: A Birmingham Miscellany, whose first book 101 Things Birmingham Gave the World is out now.
His next work, a book about visiting every seaside pier in England and Wales — Pier Review — has been described as “On the Road meets On the Buses”.
Jon was the ’14th Most Influential Person in the West Midlands’ 2008. Subsequently not placed.