Dr Ffion Jones, Children's Author and Illustrator
I grew up in the beautiful seaside town of Beaumaris in North Wales where I spent a happy childhood creating fairy fortresses in the woods and crab fishing in the Menai Straits. Now living in Swansea with my husband and two lovely daughters, I'm happy to be back in Wales, living by the sea.
I gained a PhD in English Literature from the University of Wales, Bangor in 2005 and, soon after, began my writing career. I fell sideways into illustration from writing and have since then written and illustrated several of my own books and worked on projects for hospitals, universities, charities and individual commissions. I am the Co-director of Nurse Ted Ltd, which produces picture books to explain serious illnesses to children. In 2020, I set up Fly Me Stories to send personalised magical stories to seriously unwell children in the UK.
I provide workshops in primary schools to improve confidence and self-belief and take inspiration from my work supporting children struggling with mental health difficulties. I am a passionate mental health advocate and use books as a tool to navigate difficult emotional experiences.