Simon Thirsk

Simon Thirsk is a founder director and executive chair of Bloodaxe Books Ltd, has worked as a journalist, lectured in journalism and marketing, and was co-ordinator of a children’s charity which raised £12m to build a medical research centre. His 1990 BBC2 play Small Zones, highlighted the imprisonment of dissident Russian poet, Irina Ratushinskaya, and his 2010 novel Not Quite White, (shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award) satirised anti-Welsh racism and language prejudice.

He has been a role model for Big ideas Wales for over ten years and is also an speaker for Robert Peston’s Speakers in Schools initiative.
Having learned Welsh, he presents in both Welsh and English to all age groups.