Following a move to Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, Ian began seriously writing poetry and prose in 2013. He previously spent two decades working as a copywriter and creative director in cities including Hong Kong, Sydney and London.
His work has been widely published in magazines such as Ambit, Poetry News, Prole, Butcher’s Dog, Ink Sweat & Tears, London Grip, Shadowtrain and The Rialto. He has won several poetry awards including first prize in both the 2016 Hamish Canham Prize and the 2013 PENfro Open Poetry Competition. His poems have appeared in anthologies in the UK and overseas. His fiction has been shortlisted three times for the Bridport Prize.
In 2016, Ian won a place on the Complete Works III programme for diversity, quality and innovation in poetry. He holds an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from MMU’s Manchester Writing School. He is working towards his first collection of poetry and, when time permits, enjoys tussling with a half-finished children’s novel. A portfolio of his poems is due to be published in a Bloodaxe anthology in 2017.
Ian enjoys walking in the countryside, contemporary art (including good street art), and writing about outsiders and the overlooked in everyday life.
He has read alongside many talented poets, including the Poet Laureate at ‘Carol Ann Duffy and Friends’ at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre.