Agent: Tom Drake-Lee
Iain’s written stories since the time he learned to write. He is the author of the crime novel One of Us (Infinity Press) and a number of short stories. He came second in the 2020 Costa Short Story award, is a Northern Writers Award winner and has previously been shortlisted for the Bath Novel Award and the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger.
From Kent originally, Iain’s lived in Sunderland for thirty years, and works at the University there. As well as his own writing, he’s passionate about building a supportive community of writers and has run a writers’ group in the city since 2014, produced two month-long festivals of creative writing, fostered collaborations between creative writers and visual artists, and is currently running an Arts Council funded programme for developing playwrights from the city.
Iain also spends as much time as possible by, or in, the sea, and is a trained marine mammal medic and a volunteer for Sea Shepherd. He’ll keep a special place in his heart for you if next time you go to the beach, you spend just two minutes taking rubbish off it.