Hello I'm Ian!

I am a self published children’s book author, poet, entertainer and speaker.

I am available to visit schools, kindergartens, writers festivals or other functions and events as a guest author or speaker.  Go to or click on “School Visits” for more information. 


  • Awarded Champion of State Education Award through QASSP) Queensland Association of State School Principals and QACSL (Queensland Association of Combined Sector Leaders)
  • Launched Children’s picture book mentoring program


  • Guest judge- Castletown Townsville, Short Story competition
  • Launched No Butts, No Buts creative writing and illustrating national campaign
  • August – Book Launch. The Little Kangaroo- Endorsed by Focus On The Family Australia


  • Launched Summer Writing Club for kids
  • Special Guest- Townsville City Council Short Story Competition awards presentations
  • Launched online Junior Writers Master Class
  • Guest Presenter- Mt Isa School Of The Air Home Tutor Seminar
  • Guest Author – Savannah Writers Festival, Townsville
  • Guest Speaker- Rise Of The Entrepreneur Conference, Gold Coast, QLD.
  • Weekly guest for author segment on 99.9 Live FM


  • Guest MC, Burdekin Shire Council Christmas Carols

  • Winner of Townsville City Council short story competition, “Bindal Boy”

  • Guest author, Burdekin Readers And Writers Festival

  • Delivered over 50 author talks, creative writing sessions and story time sessions in schools, Kindergartens, Day Cares and public libraries across North QLD

  • Set a Guinness World Record for “The most people wearing sock puppets in one place at one time.”

  • Launched “Junior Writers Club”

  • “I want to be a Jellyfish” live show at Reef HQ Aquarium, Townsville

  • Self published “Silly Socks,Sleepy Socks” 

  • Guest Author, Savannah Writers Festival

  • Top 3 finalist for NQ Arts Awards in Writing And Publication

  • Delivered over 50 story time sessions and author talks in schools, Kindergartens, Day Cares and public libraries across North QLD

  • Self Published “Watch Out For The Bickie Monster” 

I am the founder of Junior Writers Club (JWC) in Australia…

JWC is for children between 8 and 12 years of age and has been established to encourage and inspire the next generation of creative writers.

More about me…
I love to write bush poetry as well as other kinds of poems.

I was born in Victoria. I mostly grew up in Normanton in Queensland’s Gulf Of Carpentaria.  Among other things, I used to be a rodeo clown and a Real Estate Agent.

I love to encourage, motivate and inspire others to find what they love doing and to live their life on purpose.  
I attend a really cool church on Sunday’s and help out with the children’s program.
I also donate blood on a regular basis. 

My favourite…

  • Book when I was growing up was Bottersnikes and Gumbles by S. A. Wakefield.

  • Book now is Richest Man In Babylon by George S Clason

  • Sports are AFL (I barrack for Hawthorn!) and Rodeo

  • Food is steak and also The Normanton Special, which is where you squish a warm sausage roll into a cream bun or jam roll.  Yummy!!!!