Ian’s debut full-length collection of poetry, Zebra, is forthcoming from Nine Arches Press in Spring, 2019. A portfolio of his poems was published in 2017 by Bloodaxe in Ten: Poets of the New Generation. His work has featured in magazines and anthologies, such as The Poetry Review, The Rialto, Ambit, Magma and The Forward Book of Poetry.
Ian has won a number of awards, including first prize in both the 2016 Hamish Canham Prize and the 2013 PENfro Open Poetry Competition. In 2018, he was Highly Commended in the Forward Prizes for Poetry. Ian has also been published internationally in overseas journals and anthologies. His fiction has been shortlisted three times for the Bridport Prize.
A fellow of The Complete Works – a programme promoting diversity, quality and innovation in poetry – Ian holds an MA in Creative Writing from MMU’s Manchester Writing School. He has read at many renowned literary and spoken word events, such as the London Literature Festival, Poets and Players, Carol Ann Duffy and Friends, Bad Language (which he headlined in August 2017), and the launch of The Poetry Review (winter issue, 2017). He has led workshops on various themes, including ‘Outside-in: Writing the Other’ at the Manchester Writing School. Commissions include ‘Lost City Stories’ in 2018, a special Bad Language event in partnership with the BBC’s Civilisations series.
A resident of semi-rural West Yorkshire, Ian was born in Bedfordshire, raised in Cheshire, and has lived in Hong Kong, Sydney, Manchester and London. His mother’s mixed heritage is rooted in the multiculturalism of Macau; his father was of Anglo-Irish descent.
Ian enjoys walking in the countryside, contemporary art (including street art), and when time permits, can be found tussling with a half-finished children’s novel.
Please note: Ian does not have any poems (or videos) on the Poem Hunter website.