I am an independent, completely unattached writer, available for all projects individual or communal, big or small,
round or fat, poetic, sardonic, obsessive or just plain love stories about smoked cheese.
My writing style is adaptable and suitable for both digital and print media. I am interested in contributing SEO content, web content, printed features and articles, blogs, social media, press releases, promotional material and book projects.
I currently contribute to the official matchday programme of Leeds United Football club and have done since 2010. In addition I work on various other short and medium term freelance projects.
Time Out is a global brand and in 2015 they have started a website based on Leeds life. I have recently started contributing posts for the "Time Out Leeds" website and you can read those here:
Click here to visit the "Time Out Leeds" profile page for Jon Howe
Since 1994 I have been a contributing writer to the award-winning Leeds United independent supporters' magazine The Square Ball, which continues today.
For most of the last three years I have been working on compiling a definitive history of Elland Road Football Ground, which I started in 2011, but placed on hold whilst I completed my first book project. 'The Only Place For Us: An A-Z History of Elland Road' is to be published in February 2015. Such a book has never been attempted before and includes the development of the stadium, the changing environment in the surrounding area and the history and anecdotes surrounding the many features that make up the matchday experience. The book includes many memories and comment from various well-known Leeds United writers and personalities such as Howard Wilkinson and Bill Fotherby and has a foreword by David Batty. This has been a long term project involving huge amounts of research, interviews and studying of photos, as well as simply compiling the information and presenting it. In support of the book I have appeared on BBC Radio Leeds, LUTV and in the Yorkshire Evening Post.
By following this link you can read customer reviews of the book on its Amazon page, as they are posted, and also order a copy of the book:
Click here to visit the Amazon page for the book 'The Only Place For Us: An A-Z History of Elland Road'
A feature on myself and the book was published in issue 22 of "The City Talking" newspaper, and you can read the online version by following this link:
Click here to read The City Talking feature on me and the book 'The Only Place For Us: An A-Z History of Elland Road'
You can also read other features on the book and see photos from various events about the book on its Facebook page by following this link:
Click here to visit the Facebook page for the book 'The Only Place For Us: An A-Z History of Elland Road'
For a temporary three month period in 2015 I contributed football posts to the "Here Is The City" website and you can read my articles on my profile page here:
Click here to visit the "HITC" profile page for Jon Howe
Going back a few months my recent work includes supplying blog articles on general travel themes to the Travel Parking Group, a meet and greet airport parking group based in Leeds, and also blog articles for FrogsThemes, a WordPress themes developer. I have also recently completed freelance writing assignments for Perform Group, who are a digital media company based in Leeds. Perform supply news content, on-the-whistle live match reports, match previews and reaction pieces to several respected football websites, including the FA Premier League. For the last three years I have been contributing articles to James Brown's Sabotage Times website and also to the Leeds lifestyle website My Life in Leeds.
On a freelance basis I worked for 18 months until October 2013 for the Press Association's 'Content for Marketing' department, which provides custom news feed, articles and social media content for clients such as business services providers, healthcare specialists, financial services organisations, and technology and travel operations. In recent years I have also had articles and letters published in FourFourTwo magazine, Leeds Guide, FQ Magazine, Junior Magazine and the Reader's Digest.
Welcome to my site. You won't get lost, so feel free to look around and follow the various links to my work and that of people and organisations I am associated with.