Ian Douglas

Children's author, Young adults' author, Journalist

Available for:
After dinner speaking

Website: http://www.iandouglas-writer.com

Contact: contact Ian at or 07596 089634

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

Adults, 5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3), 14-16 (Key stage 4), 11-16 (Key stages 3 and 4), 6th Form and college


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' (isbn:1849931739)
Fascinating and informative, with plenty of gruesome facts, cartoons and beautiful illustrations
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The Infinity Trap (isbn:978-09923654-1-7)
How far would you go to find your dad? For Zeke Hailey, even Mars is not too far.
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The Particle Beast (isbn:9781925496307)
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.
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Gravity's Eye (isbn:978-1925148763)
On Mars your best friend can be your worst enemy. Zeke must face a psychic teen, an assassin robot and monster to save humanity.
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Totally Amazing Spider Tales (isbn:978-1500592929)
A collection of gruesome and scary tales all about spiders!
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A Clockwork Iris (isbn:9781909031500)
Anthology of sci-fi tales about Iris Wildthyme, the time travelling adventurer
Roam Alone: Inspiring Tales from Reluctant tales (isbn:978 1 78477 049 5)
Anthology of real life travel memoirs from writers who travelled alone
To End All Wars (isbn:978-1908030139)
An omnibus of 27 short graphic narratives based on actual events, characters, circumstances, incidents, myths or consequences of the Great War.
Snowpo the Bear (isbn:978-1540432254)
Beautifully illustrated story about Snowpo's adventures in London and told in rhyme
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Snowpo the Bear 2 (isbn:978-1540432254)
Beautifully illustrated story about Snowpo's adventures in London and told in rhyme
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Nottingham Writer's Studio, Society of Children's Writers and Book Illustrators, Society of Authors, NAWE, The Thoroton Society,

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Geography and Travel, History and Biography, Humour, Sci-fi and Fantasy

Book Type:
Non fiction for children, Fiction for adults, Fiction for children (any age), Picture books, Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13, Young Adult, Educational books

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