Ian Blake lives beside the Minch in Wester Ross, looking across to the Outer Isles.
His poems reflect fading traditions of a small crofting community and fascination with characters from fact and fiction. He is a past winner of the Petra Kenney and Neill Gunn prizes. Published in The Scots Magazine, The Spectator, Oxford Today, Northwords Now, Markings, The Scotsman (Poem of The Week), The Herald (Poem of the Day), The Eildon Tree (Fifteen-thirteen) and regularly in Poetry Scotland.
Collections include Aultgrishan, Waiting for Ginger Rogers at Loch Oich; Remembering Falstaff and Others, Disciplines of War, New and Selected 2014 (includes The Bombing of Dresden, 2003 and Flight Into Egypt, 2004). Work is also featured in:
- The Coffee House Anthology (Arts Council Sponsored) 2016
- Cat! Cat! (Wordjig Anthology of New Scottish Fiction (New York)
- The Climbers Tale, Mountaineering Council of Scotland Fiction Prize 2014
- Novels School Story (Iain Mackenzie-Blair). It is now a trilogy (Drift, Blood, Fall) available on Kindle, as is Guardians (2019).