Born in Kyle, a few Scots’ miles from the birthplace of Robert Burns, Ian has been keen in writing prose and poetry from an early age.  His first works were published at the tender age of eleven and his talent was encouraged during his teenage years by a number of excellent English teachers, most notably James Carter at Stewarton High School. Ian completed his Secondary education at Kilmarnock Academy, where he was introduced to the works of former pupil, William McIlvaney. Ian first met the father of Tartan Noir in 1974 and over the years they would become friends, often sharing a pint together in their adopted Edinburgh.

Although Ian continued to write, his focus would be on trade unionism, peace and internationalism and his work would often feature in publications supporting these causes. He was a regular contributor to both the Morning Star and the STUC Review.

Ian went on to produce his own publications, including the Arms Conversion Project’s Networker  before turning his skills to more academic work and producing and contributing to a range of reports, primarily on the restructuring of the defence industry and its impacts on local, regional and national economies. His works include: The Economic Consequences of a Ban on Arms Exports; The Scottish Aerospace Industry, the need for an Industrial Strategy; and UK Shipbuilding, 2000 and Beyond.

Having gained international acclaim for his academic work,  Ian has now returned to his first loves of prose and poetry.




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