Ian Collinson

Born in Nottingham, Ian lived and worked there most of his life until moving to Newark in 2010. Experience in the print industry enabled him to set up Weathervane Press, a literary fiction publisher that launched six Nottingham authors. 

Novels and Publishing.

Ian used his first novel, I love Samuel Taylor, as a test drive for Weathervane Press, publishing it in April 2009. A romantic comedy set in Nottingham, it has the looming economic crisis as its backdrop. Available in paperback and on Kindle.  

Ian self-published his second novel, a crime thriller called Find Amy, in 2012, which is available on Kindle.     

Plays.

In 2015, with help from Robin Hood Theatre near Newark and Write Club, at Nottingham Playhouse, Ian started writing theatre scripts.

In June 2016 Ian’s short play, Escape to Euroland, was selected for a rehearsed reading along with six other scripts for the Nottingham Playhouse NEAT16 Festival performance, ‘The Write Club response to Brexit.’

In April 2017, Ian’s play A Case of You was shortlisted for the Rattigan Award.

Ian’s play Extra Time was performed by Robin Hood Theatre, near Newark, in February 2018 as their ‘New Work’ play for the season. Thank you to everyone at RHT for such a fine production. 

There was a rehearsed reading of the first four scenes of Ian’s sci-fi play Ex Mundi by ‘Write Track’ in the studio of Mansfield Palace Theatre in March 2018.

Script Development.

In March 2018 Ian was invited by Robin Hood Theatre to run a script development group to support local writers, which led to the formation of Play Group, which met monthly at the theatre. 

From this grew the RHT script submission window, and the winner, ‘The Library Siege’ by Barry Wood, was performed in March 2020, receiving very positive reviews. 

The 2020 script submission window will be open all year. Full details at www.rhtc.co.uk/writing.

Ian’s play The Do Nothing Option is now available on Kindle.

Thanks to Write Track at Mansfield Palace Theatre for selecting Ian’s 10 minute play, ‘Home,’ as one of the four entries chosen from their 2019 script submission for a performance at West Notts College that was due to take place in April 2020, but rehearsals were suspended, along with life as we knew it, in March this year…….

iancollinson61@gmail.com