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, Magma, The Rialto and The Poetry Review. In 2017, a portfolio of his poems was published by Bloodaxe Books in Ten: Poets of the New Generation. 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.
Ian has read at many renowned literary and spoken word events, such as Poets and Players, Carol Ann Duffy and Friends and Bad Language (which he headlined in August 2017). He has led workshops on various themes, including ‘Outside-in: Writing the Other’ at the Manchester Writing School.
Ian enjoys walking in the countryside, contemporary art (including street art), and writing about outsiders and the overlooked in everyday life.
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