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Ian has worked extensively in the music and arts with articles in Revolver, Brag, The Australian Art Review, Agenda and The Artlife as well as a writer for television and various commercial events.

Slush Pile is his first published novel.

In the 1990s his work as a writer/guitarist with singer Gemma Deacon in the folk/jazz ensemble Cactus Child, helped to establish the “Sydney acoustic” sound.  Cactus Child toured nationally with acts as diverse as Jeff Buckley, Blur, George Benson and Maxi Priest and performed regularly on television.  They released three albums, and received airplay on JJJ and the Austereo network before disbanding in 1998.  In 1999 he formed the electro pop act Chakradiva who toured nationally with Kylie Minogue and received enormous airplay and support at both radio and television including high rotation on Channel V and JJJ.  Their songs have appeared on film and television scores here and around the world.  Ian has travelled extensively and is a regular visitor to America and Europe as well travelling through India, the Middle East, Cuba, Central America and much of Southeast Asia.