Jan-Andrew Henderson (J.A. Henderson) is the author of 30 teen, YA and adult thrillers and non-fiction books. He has been published in the UK, USA, Australia, Germany and the Czech Republic by Oxford University Press, Collins, Hardcourt Press, Amberley Books, Oetinger Publishing, Mainstream Books, Black and White Publishers Mlada Fontana, Black Hart and Floris Books. He has been shortlisted for thirteen literary awards in the UK and Australia and is winner of the Doncaster Book Prize and Royal Mail Award.
He owns Black Hart Entertainment and the famous City of the Dead Ghost Tours in Edinburgh, which requires him to wear black all the time. He also runs The Green Light Literary Breakdown Service in Brisbane, offering advice, workshops and talks to budding writers. He has given talks all over the UK with Authors Abroad and Literature Live. He is also due to talk at the next Brisbane Literary Festival (whenever it finally happens). He has a Scottish accent - but it’s not in Trainspotting territory.
The year 7s are still talking about you. It’s always wonderful to see students inspired to love reading.
Wellington Point State High School, 2023
Jan was incredibly engaging and put a unique spin on the writing process. He was generous with his time and went above and beyond our expectations when guiding our students through the creation of their short stories. We would not hesitate to have Jan return to our school in future years!
The Cathedral School - July, 2023
You are an extremely entertaining speaker (and lunch companion!). You kept the students laughing. It was clear that you had our students’ full engagement by the number of questions and the reluctance of students to leave at the end of the session. I particularly noted that students hovered around you and the table of books as they left. Even more striking was one of our shyest year 7’s requesting your autograph at the end of the day (this has never happened before). Further to this I have one young writer email me requesting your contact details so she can send her work through to you (consider yourself warned!).
Emmaus College, 2022
The children thoroughly enjoyed your presentation and are madly writing stories. We fully intend to use your storyboard method of planning. Thanks again, the children (and adults) had a great time and learned a lot.
Moggill Primary School - January 2021
Thank you so much for sharing your time, skill and talent with us, the children throughly enjoyed your visit and love “their” story.
Milford Road Kindergarten, Ipswich - July 2021