Ian runs workshops at schools, colleges, universities, writer groups and book festivals. These include sessions on local history, creative writing and basic astronomy. Among his creative writing topics are sessions on making up imaginary worlds (world building) and inventing imaginary creatures. For adult writers he also covers writing for children and YA. Ian believes we learn best when we're having fun. His workshops have an emphasis on games, quizzes and group work.
Ian's SF novel 'The Infinity Trap,' set on Mars, launched in 2014.This was the first in the Zeke Hailey series with the sequel 'Gravity's Eye' coming out in 2015. Book 3 is due in December 2016. He now offers schools visits with readings, weird Martian facts, astronomy and a big dollop of creative writing! Find out more about the books at zekehailey.com
Ian is author of the 'Children's History of Nottinghamshire', and visits schools/libraries with the History Roadshow, a lively mix of slideshows, quizzes, readings, games and creative activities. In honour of the centenary Ian is now running sessions on World War 1.
He is the scribe behind the Snowpo The Bear early reader app on itunes.
From 2012-2013 Ian's writing was displayed at the V&A Toy Museum, Bethnall green.
Ian taught English language for 11 years, when he learnt many of the tools now put to good use in the Roadshow. Today he teaches creative writing professionally.
He is a prolific short story writer. Two of his stories have won prizes and he was a finalist in the 2013 Independent On Sunday travel writing competition. His radio play 'Long Shadows' broadcasts in Canada in 2014. Ian has written for the press for many years and is a reviewer with Nottingham's award-winning Left Lion paper. Ian has a MA in Creative Writing (distinction).
Some of the comments on the History Roadshow...
"Thank you for such a lovely morning . The children really enjoyed you lesson and have been talking about it ever since." Year 7 teacher, Notts.