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Jonti Marks was born in London and grew up partly in England and partly in Kenya. He was a school teacher for 27 years and worked in Zambia, Kenya and the UK as an English and Drama teacher and also as a Head. He recently left teaching to devote himself to his writing full-time.
Jonti became a Freemason in Nairobi in 1990 and has always been interested in the deeper, spiritual significance of the Craft. His Masonic writings aim to illuminate these hidden depths and to help make Freemasonry relevant, useful and inspiring for Masons and non-Masons alike.
Jonti's non-Masonic writings are largely informed either by his experiences as a teacher or by his life in Kenya - and often by his life as a teacher in Kenya!
His two Easter plays were written for Easter Services at Bromsgrove School where he was Head of English and Drama for many years.
'Shaka Zulu,' also a play, was written for performance at his school, Hillcrest, in Kenya and was first published by East African Educational Publishers.
'Future Primitives' was Jont's first full-length novel/story. Aimed at teenagers and young adults, the story follows the adventures of a group of friends in Nairobi who survive the apocalypse of the 2020s and who have to rebuild their lives in a new and uncertain world where even their very sense of identity must be reformulated.
Jonti's book,' Teaching from the Heart:100 Meditations for Teachers' follows the format of the Masonic books and offers 100 inspirational messages for the educationalists in every sphere who do so much to determine the well-being of our society and the future of the planet. It is, in a way, a parting gift to the profession and the distillation of a 30-year philosophy of education that appears increasingly important and even urgent in today's moral climate.
Jonti's latest book, 'The Bhagavad-Gita in 18 Chapters' also reflects a lifetime's interest and a deep connection with the spiritual teachings of India. Jonti has been familiar with the Gita for all of his life and was recently moved to try to capture some of the essence and spirit of this sacred text in a wholly poetic form.
You can find out more about Jonti at: www.jontimarks.co.uk