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Professor Ian Sansom

Ian Sansom

Ian Sansom is a novelist, journalist and broadcaster. He is the author of more than 20 books, including the Mobile Library and the County Guides series of novels. He has worked as a columnist for both the Guardian newspaper and for the Spectator magazine and currently writes for the TLS, the Irish Times and the Dublin Review. He is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 4 and Radio 3 and his work has been translated into more than a dozen languages, including Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Ian has worked as a teacher and educator for more than 25 years in higher and further education, with adult learners, community groups, and in public and private sector organisations. He was previously the Director of the Oscar Wilde Centre at Trinity College Dublin and a Professor and Head of English at Queen’s University Belfast.

As a writer and researcher, Ian works at the boundaries of literary and genre fiction and across the fields of both fiction and non-fiction. His most recent publications include a book about the poet W.H. Auden (September 1, 1939: The Biography of a Poem, Harper Collins, 2019), a commonplace book produced in association with the British Library (Reading Room, BL, 2019) a collection of short stories (December Stories, No Alibis Press, 2019) and book 5 in the County Guides series novels (The Sussex Murders, Harper Collins, 2019).

Ian welcomes enquiries from potential PhD students working in fiction and non-fiction.