Ian Cox’s working life was spent with children and young people in schools as a teacher and headteacher. While he spent most of his time in a school setting, his 'walking life' was spent with dogs and his imagination. On his walks, Ian would often wonder: what if we could communicate with dogs? What would they say to us? Could we join in with their world?
Then, one day, a mysterious voice in Ian’s head told him some stories about two dogs, a young boy and a farm...Ian decided to turn these stories into books.
What inspired you to start writing?
IC: Identifying an audience for my thinking.
What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?
IC: Be clear about who you trying to engage.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
IC: Imagining what if?
What book is currently on your bedside table?
IC: 'The Book of Longing' by Leonard Cohen.
What would you do if you won a million pounds?
IC: Make our house carbon neutral and to travel.
IC: Bryan Collins – my old history teacher.
If you could choose three people to invite for a dinner party, who would they be and why?
IC: Whitney Cummings – potential for the outrageous, David Baddiel – so clever on so many fronts, Tiger Woods – because who else!
What’s your favourite food?
IC: Fillet steak.
What is the best part of your day?
IC: The morning.
What’s something you’ve done but will never do again?
IC: Run as I have had an artificial right knee for just over a year and I was a keen runner ...
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? By whom?
IC: “Tomorrow it will be yesterday’s news” A PR person after my first front page ‘scandal’ as a headteacher!!
What’s your favourite way to unwind after a busy day?
IC: Just simply being at home.
What would we most likely find you doing on a weekend?
IC: At some point watching sport and drinking wine.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
IC: Watching Gogglebox.
If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?
IC: Play off scratch at golf!
Do you do sports?
IC: Yes, I used to do all sport! Limited to golf now.
If you could change your name, what would it be?
IC: Allen Wibrew!
What’s your favourite animated film?
Where you would you love to travel to?
'Rafferty Roo and Hobson Too - Adventures with Henry White' is coming soon!