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John Byrne (columnist)

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Name  John Byrne

Role  Writer
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Books  Teachers Are from Mars - Pu, The World's Scariest J, Drawing Cartoons: A Comple, A Dancer's Guide to Getting W, Cartooning: Create Your Own

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, John Byrne (sometimes known as John M. Byrne) is a writer/author, cartoonist, performer, and broadcaster BBC London 94.9 radio's Late Night Dilemmas with Valley Fontaine as well as being agony uncle and career advisor to The Stage newspaper and the Young Performers Magazine


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John's private coaching clients range from beginners to established celebrity names in TV, radio, stage and film. He has expressed his goal as being: ‘’to provide help and support to people both in and out of the spotlight in what is perceived as being one of the most exciting and glamorous, but which can also be one of the most challenging and lonely of industries.’’ The "Dear John" column featured both in the paper and on The Stage website.

John Byrne’s cartoons feature regularly in a wide range of newspapers and magazines. He has also worked for Christian Herald, Private Eye, BBC’s in-house magazine Ariel, Voluntary Sector magazine and for many industry and trade magazines. They are also widely used in international educational publications. John also lectures and gives talks to top drama schools.

Early Career

John started his career as a communications officer for UNICEFin Malawi and upon his return to England in 1989 he started ‘live cartoons’ show - a combination of stand up comedy, art class and audience participation and performed at festivals,school's library and corporate events all over the country.


John is a successful author and has written over 40 books for adults and children, Byrne's work includes:

  • Writing Comedy (3rd Edition)
  • A Singer’s Guide to Getting Work (with Julie Payne),
  • The Little Book of Cool at School
  • Drawing Cartoons that Sell
  • A Dancer’s Guide to Getting Work (with Jenny Belingy)
  • The Bullybuster’s Joke Book
  • Broadcaster

    John's broadcasting and writing credits include TV and radio work for BBC TV, BBC World Service, Nickelodeon, ITV, Channel Five, Virgin Radio and ‘script doctoring’ roles for several shows and musicals.


    John is also co-founder of the fastest growing British boutique actor talent agency New Wonder Management


    John Byrne (columnist) Wikipedia