Ian Barker

Born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, Ian grew up in north-east England and gained a business degree from Teesside Polytechnic in the early ’80s. In the ‘real world’ he is editor of a computer magazine and has spent over twenty five years working in information technology. He lives in Bolton, Greater Manchester and doesn’t own a dishwasher. Over the years Ian has produced lots of comic verse, for things like office Christmas cards, most of which is collected on his website.

In the mid ’90s he made regular contributions to Martin Kelner for a late night show on BBC radio in northern England. Moving to the north-west in 1996, he continued to contribute to Martin’s Manchester-based Jazz FM breakfast show; some of this material is on his website.

His first cash-in-the-bank publishing credit was a ‘Laughter, the Best Medicine’ gag for Reader’s Digest in 1998. Since then he has gone on to write topical comedy sketches for BBC Radio’s The News Huddlines, and has had short stories published in Evergreen magazine, and in the WritersNet Anthology. He has stories published online in the e-zines Starving Arts and Crime Scene Scotland plus a co-written story on Admit Two.

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