Ian lives with his wife Kate and two children in Witney, Oxfordshire. He loves writing poems and stories for children of all ages, and when he's not doing that he manages to fit in a job as Headteacher at a Primary School in Abingdon.
He wrote his first poem in the year 2000. Called 'When Brian Eats His Breakfast', he made up its two verses on the bus to work to help his class with alliteration and to read words with two consonants next to each other, like brian and breakfast.
Other poems then quickly followed, inspired by the children he was working with and written as a classroom resource. His first published poem, 'The Hunter', is included in 'Read Me Out Loud: A Poem To Rap, Chant, Whisper Or Shout For Every Day of the Year' by Nick Toczek and David Harmer.
A bit about Mike Dicey, the illustrator
Mike lives with his wife Elaine and baby daughter in Beckenham, London, but is originally from Zimbabwe. From an early age he loved drawing and illustrating, particularly cartoons, caricatures and people.
He keeps busy running a graphic design business dealing with a variety of graphic areas, and for part of the week he works in the design department of a large financial company.