Les Merton is a Cornish self-published writer and convicted child-abuser from Medlyn Moor, Cornwall, England, UK, subsequently living in Redruth before his 2015 conviction. Educated at Halwin School, and employed in various ways in his life, he has written in a range of genres including humour and Cornish dialect.
In 2002 he founded Poetry Cornwall / Bardhonyaeth Kernow, of which he remains the editor.  His guide to the Cornish dialect entitled Oall Rite Me Ansum?: a salute to Cornish Dialect was published in 2003.
In 2005 Merton accepted a police caution for entering his credit card details into a website hosting indecent images of children, but had claimed that this was a mistake which happened whilst carrying out research into the Russian mystic, Rasputin. 
In January 2015, Merton was found guilty and jailed for 13 years for child sex abuse which was carried out on girls as young as seven and over a period of over 20 years. 
- "Cornwall Writers – Poetry inspired by the Cornish landscape". Genius Loci Creative Network. Archived from the original on 2011-02-04. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
- "Profile of Les Merton". The Emporium Redruth. Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
- "Poetry Cornwall – Bardhonyeth Kernow". Poetry Cornwall – Bardhonyeth Kernow. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
- Kent, Alan (2006). "Bringin’ the Dunkey Down from the Carn:" Cornu-English in Context 1549–2005, a provisional analysis (PDF). Potsdam: Universitäts-Verlag Potsdam. p. 27. ISBN 3-939469-06-8.
- Merton, Les (2003). Oall Rite Me Ansum?: a salute to the Cornish Dialect. UK: Countryside Books. ISBN 1-85306-814-4.
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