Jon Bounds

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Jon Bounds
Jon Bounds.jpg
Bounds outside Birmingham Town Hall
Born (1975-06-30) June 30, 1975 (age 41)
Residence Oxford, England
Other names Bounder[citation needed]
Education King Edward VI Grammar School, Aston
Alma mater University of Birmingham
Occupation blogger, freelance social media and multimedia consultant
Known for B:iNS, TwitPanto
Home town Birmingham
Spouse(s) Libby Hayward
  • "14th Most Influential" in the Birmingham Post Power 50
  • Official Honouree, Webby Awards
recorded October 2012

Jon Bounds is a writer [1] and blogger based in Birmingham, England.[2]

Raised in the City's Perry Barr district, he attended King Edward VI Grammar School, Aston.[citation needed]

After working as a technical and commissioning editor for friends of ED,[3] he spent nearly four years working for the BBC as technical co-ordinator of the Public Space at BBC Birmingham, and studied Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. He was Online Editor for the Big Picture project.[citation needed]

Bounds is known for creating a blog called "Birmingham: It's Not Shit" in response to the 2002 bid for Birmingham to become a European City of Culture.[4] In 2012, he told the BBC that the site attracted 10,000 visitors per month.[2] He was listed as the "14th Most Influential Person in the West Midlands" in the Birmingham Post's "Power 50" in 2008.[5] and was considered for inclusion again in 2009.[6]

On November 11, 2008 (starting at 11am), Bounds spent eleven hours on Birmingham's number 11 bus route, the outer circle, documenting his journey online, using Twitter, Facebook and a blog,[7]The next month, he organised TwitPanto, a pantomime on Twitter, which featured a cast that included Government Minister Tom Watson MP and Guardian writer Jemima Kiss. A further TwitPanto, on December 18, 2009, in which Watson - by then a back-bench MP[citation needed] - again had a part, was hosted by Birmingham Hippodrome[8] and named as an Official Honouree by the Webby Awards.[9] The event ran again on December 20, 2010.[10][better source needed]

Bounds has written for a number of media outlets, including the Birmingham Post,[11] the BBC website,[12]and The Guardian website.[13][14] With Julia Gilbert, he presented a Saturday-morning radio show on Rhubarb Radio.[15]

In 2011 along with Danny Smith, he undertook a trip around all 56 of the surviving pleasure piers in England and Wales.[16] Their book, Pier Review, was published by Summersdale in February 2016.[16][17]

In the meanwhile, in 2014, Bounds co-authored a book with Birmingham City University lecturers Jon Hickman and Craig Hamilton. Titled 101 Things Birmingham Gave the World, it was published by Paradise Circus.[1]

He now resides in Oxford.[18]


  • Bounds, Jon; Cooke, Liz; Hickman, Jon; et al. (2014). 101 Things Birmingham Gave the World. Paradise Circus. ISBN 9781782803997. 
  • Bounds, Jon; Smith, Danny (2016). Pier Review: A Road Trip in Search of the Great British Seaside. Summersdale. ISBN 9781849538114. 


  1. ^ a b "101 Things Birmingham Gave The World...including America, Christmas and". Birmingham Mail. December 14, 2014. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Birmingham's bloggers need to 'fill in the gaps'". BBC. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ Bounds' LinkedIn profile
  4. ^ "Birmingham for beginners". The Guardian. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Power 50 - 14. Jon Bounds, Blogger". Birmingham Post. Trinity Mirror Midlands Limited. July 15, 2008. Retrieved August 12, 2009. 
  6. ^ "In the frame - Andrew Mitchell, Paul Tilsley, Paul Bassi, Salma Yaqoob, Clive Dutton and Jon Bounds". Birmingham Post. Trinity Mirror Midlands Limited. June 9, 2009. Archived from the original on June 13, 2009. Retrieved August 12, 2009. 
  7. ^ Bounds, Jon; et al. (2008). "11-11-11". Retrieved August 12, 2009. 
  8. ^ The Cast. "Twitpanto 2009". Birmingham Hippodrome. Retrieved December 20, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Webby Award honour for Birmingham's Twitpanto". Birmingham Post. April 15, 2010. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  10. ^ The Cast. "Twitpanto 2010". Retrieved December 20, 2010. 
  11. ^ Bounds, Jon. "Recently by Jon Bounds". Birmingham Post. Trinity Mirror Midlands Limited. Retrieved August 12, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Spaghetti Junction beach". BBC. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  13. ^ "A quick city guide to Birmingham". The Guardian. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  14. ^ Bounds, Jon (July 25, 2009). "Jon Bounds on Digbeth, Birmingham's vibrant heart". The Guardian. London. Retrieved August 12, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Julia Gilbert & Jon Bounds". Rhubarb Radio. Archived from the original on July 8, 2009. Retrieved August 12, 2009. 
  16. ^ a b "BBC Radio 4 - Saturday Live, 19/04/2014". BBC Radio 4. April 19, 2014. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Pier Review website". Pier Review. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  18. ^ "BBC News: Birmingham's bloggers need to fill in the gaps". BBC News. December 8, 2012. 

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