On Tuesday morning Juno Dawson came to speak to B, C and E Blockers as part of National Book Week. Advertising her new bestseller “Clean”, in her assembly to the elder blocks she presented her experience undergoing gender transformation in her late 20s. Through the principle aim might have been to promote her books, a consequence of her presence opened the eyes of the students to be made aware that she is just as human as the rest of us – whether we be cisgender or transgender, straight or homosexual.

Juno Dawson is the author of nine novels for young adults, as well as best-selling non-fiction guides to life for young people and adults. In 2014 she was elected 'Queen of Teen'. Juno's eight years of teaching experience specialising in Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) inspired her non-fiction writing which tackles, in a frank and very funny fashion, topics ranging from mental health and identity, to puberty, sex, relationships, and LGBTQ issues.

Juno is a School Role Model for the charity STONEWALL, a Charity whose aim is that 'every person is accepted for who they are, without exception.’ She is a powerful and forthright journalist, regularly contributing to Attitude Magazine, Glamorous Magazine, The Guardian, BBC Women's Hour, Front Row, ITV News, Channel 5 News, This Morning and Newsnight where she talks and writes about literature, diversity, sexuality, identity, and education.

Nathan Swidler