Author: Jon Bounds

14th Most Influential Person in the West Midlands 2008, subsequently not placed.

His new book about visiting every seaside pier in England and Wales — Pier Review — has been described as “On the Road meets On the Buses”, it’s out now.

Jon wrote and directed the first ever piece of drama to be performed on Twitter and founded the famous blog Birmingham: It’s Not Shit.

Victoria peerless

Our trip was not just around the country, it was through our cultural heroes and experiences too. Victoria Wood came up a lot – and not just because half-way round visiting all those piers we found out that her brother

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Countrywide

Did you know that after seven on a Thursday every local BBC radio station transmits a show that has the best of all of the BBC local radio stations. Radio eats itself. But don’t think about the homogenisation of British

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Local boys made, er OK

We were on our local BBC station BBC WM’s breakfast show last week with Adrian Goldberg. You can listen here. Just interviewed the fellas behind @pierreview @bbcwm. – a cracking read pic.twitter.com/fkgBFhKrvC — Adrian Goldberg (@GoldbergAD) February 17, 2016 In

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Pier Review’s online knobbly knees competition

COMPO HAS NOW CLOSED Hi-de-Hi campers, “It’s your genial camp host here, and when I say camp*…” You know at the start of Goodfellas when Henry Hill says “as far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be

Get ready to launch

Join us to celebrate the launch of a book that has been five years, fifty plus piers and two thousand miles in making. We’ll have a short reading or two, a chance to prove that you are Pier Masters in

Face in the hole

You stick your head through and get a photo taken, if there’s one thing that’s everywhere at the seaside it the sea. But also these. But they don’t have a proper name. A few questions on the internet and a

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Watch this space – we’ve signed

Back in 2010 we had an idea. It began, like all good things, in a pub. The night itself is a blurred mess eroded by time and booze but Jon assures me it was my idea. I’m not so sure.

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Help wanted

We never needed to put this in the newsagents window, but I thought you might like to see the advert we wrote for a driver. You can see how very unplanned we were.

Saturday Live

Listen (again) to our appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live. We’re on right at the start and there’s plenty of seaside mentions until our main interview at about 1 hour 15 mins in. The programme also features Bruce Oldfield

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It Sticks Out Half a Mile

Lovely bit on the book in today’s Guardian G2, by Chris Beanland. Online here. And a new pier-realted film to check out in the comments.

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