I’m Ian Reid, author of 15 books (fiction, poetry, non-fiction) and editor of several more. I’ve also written numerous literary reviews, critical essays, media articles, academic papers and commissioned reports. My writings have been published in a range of literary periodicals, widely anthologised, and translated into foreign languages. I’ve received a few awards, e.g. the Antipodes poetry prize.
My home is in Perth, near the Indian Ocean rim. I’ve been here longer than in any previous place. New Zealand is where I grew up — Wellington initially, Christchurch mostly; then I lived in Adelaide for some years, then Geelong, before transplanting myself as far westward as I could go without leaving Australia. I’ve also sojourned in several other countries, including a year in the USA (mainly at Cornell).
For a long while I’ve worked in universities, and for some of that time I’ve taught literature and creative writing. My academic teaching career began in New Zealand (Massey) and then I spent more than a decade in South Australia (University of Adelaide). After a stint as Foundation Professor of Literary Studies at Deakin I moved to a senior management role at Curtin, eventually leaving it to become inaugural CEO of the not-for-profit community benefit organisation Leadership Western Australia and later re-entering academe to lead a comprehensive curriculum reform process at the University of Western Australia. I retain an adjunct professorial position in Humanities at UWA.
In addition I continue to undertake occasional consultancy work for organisations across all sectors and I’m active in voluntary community work (details on the OTHER ACTIVITIES page). Until recently I was a Board Director of the Australian Society of Authors.
My main priority and pleasure now is writing fiction.
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