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.

Thank you for visiting this site. Please draw it to the attention of friends who may be interested in reading about writing. Comments on any pages or posts are welcome.

2 thoughts on “ABOUT

  1. Hello, I am a Humanities student at the South National University. We would like to inquire your academic background in order to be able to write an essay about one of your books, The short story.
    I’ll wait for your answer, thank you so much.

  2. Hello Jimena,
    There is an informal summary of my academic background on this “About” page of my website. What further information would you like me to provide?

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