Ian McDonough's work has been featured widely, from Poetry Review to The Times Higher Educational Supplement, Physics News, The Scotsman, The Herald and New Writing Scotland. His latest collection, A Witch Among the Gooseberries, is published by Mariscat Press. Ian's first full-length poetry collection Clan MacHine (Chapman) was shortlisted for Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year in 2004. The poem sequence A Rising Fever was published by Kettilonia in 2000, and in the same year he was commissioned by the Engineering and Science Research Council and Strathclyde University to produce a series of poems on particle physics. His third collection The Vanishing Hitchhiker was published by Mariscat in 2014. Ian's first play 51 Pegasus toured Scotland in 2003. He co-edited the second Shore Poets anthology The Ice Horses (Scottish Cultural Press).
Originally from Brora, Sutherland, he now lives in Edinburgh with his partner and daughter. He is a recipient of a SAC Writer's Award, and was winner of the National Galleries of Scotland writing competition 2008. Ian works as a consultant and trainer in conflict resolution and mediation. He is a very experienced performer of his poetry and has delivered a wide range of creative writing workshops.