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Ian Marchant is a lecturer in Creative Writing in the School of English. A novelist, playwright and presenter, he is the former co-centre director of the Arvon Foundation’s house at Totleigh Barton, and is an experienced Arvon tutor.
He has published six books, including travel memoirs Parallel Lines and The Longest Crawl (Bloomsbury), both of which were critically acclaimed in The Sunday Sport and The Church of England Newspaper. His latest work is Something of the Night (Simon and Schuster).
As a playwright, Ian has co-written White Open Spaces, which was nominated for a South Bank Show award in 2007 after it was performed at Edinburgh, the West End in London and at the National Theatre of Sweden in Stockholm.
His monologue for the play Joy’s Prayer was broadcast on BBC Radio Four as part of the Woman’s Hour serialisation of White Open Spaces. Other radio work includes presenting A Load of Rubbish, for BBC Radio Four (December 2008) and documentary Top Deck for BBC Radio Four (January 2009).
Ian presented a film for ITV Border about the engineer Thomas Telford in 2007, which was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award, and a four-part series for the same channel, Fun For Some (2008).
He has written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent on Sunday, The Times and The Sunday Times and makes regular appearances as a guest speaker at literary festivals and for student groups.