WAYPOINTS: IAN STEPHEN


Ian Stephen

Photo: Mats Rehman

sgoth Jubilee off Sula Sgeir

The ‘Sgoth’ Jubilee off Sula Sgeir: Photo Mike Skelly

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The Shiant Islands: Photo. Ian Stephen

Ian Stephen is a writer, artist and sailor from the Isle of Lewis. He studied English, Drama and Education at Aberdeen University where he graduated in 1980 with a B Ed. (with distinction) and Honours in English.

After 15 years in the coastguard service, he resigned in 1995, to work full-time in the arts.

Since the late 70s his wide-ranging work has been published in numerous UK journals, as well as internationally, in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Switzerland and the USA.

Ian was the inaugural winner of the Christian Salvesen/Robert Louis Stevenson award and he was the first artist in residence at StAnza, Scotland’s annual poetry festival. The practice of navigating through the geography of stories has been a key element of his work across the arts since a Creative Scotland Award in 2002.

Ian is profiled in great detail in Robert Macfarlane’s book The Old Ways (2012)

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