Ian Douglas

Ian Douglas

Children's author, Journalist, YA author

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Available for

After dinner, Commission, Interview, Talk, Workshop


Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14, Age 14 to 16, Age 16 to 18+, Adult


History, Humour, Science fiction, Travel

Book types

Educational, Fiction for children, Picture book


  • a literacy charity working with schools to boost reading skills across the country. Several of his short stories have won competitions.
  • Ian is an ambassador for Achievement For All


  • The Thoroton Society
  • NAWE
  • Society of Authors
  • Society of Children's Writers and Book Illustrators
  • Nottingham Writer's Studio


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.

"Hi Ian,
Thank you for a great session, it went really well and the children will remember it for some time!
Best Wishes"  Nottingham Librarian.



A Children's History of Nottinghamshire

 Fascinating and informative, with plenty of gruesome facts, cartoons and beautiful illustrations 

The Infinity Trap

 How far would you go to find your dad? For Zeke Hailey, even Mars is not too far. 

The Particle Beast

 They say the truth can set you free. On Mars the truth can kill. A secret revealed leads Zeke Hailey to a lost alien city and a terrifying monster. 

Gravity's Eye

 On Mars your best friend can be your worst enemy. Zeke must face a psychic teen, an assassin robot and monster to save humanity. 

A Clockwork Iris

 Anthology of sci-fi tales about Iris Wildthyme, the time travelling adventurer 

Totally Amazing Spider Tales

 A collection of gruesome and scary tales all about spiders! 
978 1 78477 049 5

Roam Alone: Inspiring Tales from Reluctant tales

 Anthology of real life travel memoirs from writers who travelled alone 

To End All Wars

 An omnibus of 27 short graphic narratives based on actual events, characters, circumstances, incidents, myths or consequences of the Great War. 

Snowpo the Bear

 Beautifully illustrated story about Snowpo's adventures in London and told in rhyme 

Snowpo the Bear 2

 Beautifully illustrated story about Snowpo's adventures in London and told in rhyme