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Ian C Douglas

British writer Ian C Douglas is author of the Zeke Hailey sci-fi adventure series. Other credits include short stories, non-fiction, and text for picture books. Ian runs creative writing workshops for children, with a focus on fantasy and sci-fi. He is a regular visitor to schools, book festivals, and runs a book club. Ian was a guest-of-honour at Malta’s Festival of the Literary Stars in 2019. In 2018, Ian won the Nottingham Writer’s Studio award for Best Children’s Author and his novel, The Infinity Trap, won best children's novel in the 2020 Eyelands International Book Award. He is a regular guest on Notts TV. Ian lives with his wife and children in the heart of Robin Hood country.


English History- The Interesting Bits

Would you like to find out more about some of the most important events in English history? Ian wrote a popular children's non-fiction book on English history, so he's just the person to help. This session is a relaxed talk about key English eras. Find out the amazing, mysterious or downright gross aspects of history.

Ian C Douglas

45 Minute Program

Aliens Among Us

Do you believe aliens exist somewhere in outer space? Would you like to run a short fun story about aliens? Author Ian C Douglas makes up aliens for his books: Martians, cosmic monsters, strange robots. Join Ian and talk about what aliens might be like. Write a short story about aliens.

Ian C Douglas

45 Minute Program

Fantasy Lands and Far-off Worlds

From Narnia to Middle Earth, from Tattooine to Gallifrey, we love stories with imaginary lands. If you want to write fantasy and sci-fi and would like some guidance, this session may be for you.

Ian C Douglas

45 Minute Program

Fantasy Creatures and How to Make Them

Magical creatures, mythical beasts, and monsters. We love them! But what should you consider when inventing them for your stories? And why? Ian talks you through some of the key ideas and at the end you can draw your creature!

Ian C Douglas

45 Minute Program

Meet the Author

Ian C Douglas came to writing after ten years in education. He has an MA in Creative Writing (Distinction) and runs creative writing workshops for both adults and children. He mentors emerging writers one-to-one. This session is a relaxed Q&A when Ian will talk about his writing practice and take questions.

Ian C Douglas

45 Minute Program

After a few years as a journalist, Ian C Douglas graduated with an MA in Creative Writing (Distinction). His first published book was the non-fiction 'A Children’s History of Nottinghamshire'. This went onto be a local best seller. Today, he is best known for the 'Zeke Hailey' sci-fi novels for middle grade readers, published by IFWG Publishing International. Over thirty of his short stories are published, including in the acclaimed 'To End All Wars' graphic anthology. Other credits include SF magazines, a radio play broadcast in Canada, picture-books apps and many freelance commissions, often as a ghost writer.

Ian is a founder member of the Nottingham Writers Studio. He has over ten years practice at running creative writing courses and mentoring emerging writers. He served as Nottingham's literacy ambassador to the charity Achievement for All.

He has made over thirty author visits to schools and runs the Arnold Library book club. Malta’s Festival of the Literary Stars in 2019 invited him to be a guest-of-honour. In 2018, he was thrilled to accept the Best Children’s Author from Nottingham Writers Studio. He often performs readings from his works at book festivals and on Notts TV.

Ian is a qualified English language teacher with over 11 years’ experience in the classroom.

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