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About Me

Author, Poet, Creative writing coach and mentor.
A little here, a little there, a little everyday.  
A little done a lot of times can go a long long way.

©Ian McIntosh 2018
Ian McIntosh Author & Poet

I am a self published children’s book author and poet..



  • February- Released Little Rhymes For Special Times and Crocodile One, Crocodile Two.

  • Writing new stories, working in schools and early childhood, creating new products.



  • Mostly hiding from Covid 19 and writing two brand new children's picture books.

  • Completed a Diploma in Early Childhood.


  • Awarded Champion of State Education Award through QASSP(Queensland Association of State School Principals and QACSL (Queensland Association of Combined Sector Leaders)Launched

  • Awarded President's Award through SPERA (Society of the Provision of Education in Rural Australia)

  • Began Children's Picture Book mentoring program

  • Hosted Australia's BIGGEST Poetry Competition for kids

  • Became a Books In Homes Role Model   - -


  • Guest judge- Castletown Townsville, Short Story competition

  • Launched No Butts, No Buts creative writing and illustrating national campaign

  • August - Book Launch. The Little Kangaroo-  Endorsed by Focus On The Family Australia



  • Launched Summer Writing Club for kids

  • Special Guest- Townsville City Council Short Story Competition awards presentations

  • Launched online Junior Writers Master Class

  • Guest Presenter- Mt Isa School Of The Air Home Tutor Seminar

  • Guest Author – Savannah Writers Festival, Townsville

  • Guest Speaker- Rise Of The Entrepreneur Conference, Gold Coast, QLD.

  • Weekly guest for author segment on 99.9 Live FM



  • Guest MC, Burdekin Shire Council Christmas Carols

  • Winner of Townsville City Council short story competition, "Bindal Boy"

  • Guest author, Burdekin Readers And Writers Festival

  • Delivered over 50 author talks, creative writing sessions and story time sessions in schools, Kindergartens, Day Cares and public libraries across North QLD

  • Set a Guinness World Record for "The most people wearing sock puppets in one place at one time."

  • Launched "Junior Writers Club"

  • "I want to be a Jellyfish" live show at Reef HQ Aquarium, Townsville


  • Self published Silly Socks, Sleepy Socks.

  • Guest Author, Savannah Writers Festival

  • Top 3 finalist for NQ Arts Awards in Writing And Publication

  • Delivered over 50 story time sessions and author talks in schools, Kindergartens, Day Cares and public libraries across North QLD


  • Self PublishedWatch Out For The Bickie Monster .

I am the founder of Junior Writers Club (JWC) in Australia...

JWC is for children between 8 and 12 years of age and has been established to encourage and inspire the next generation of creative writers.

To find out more about JWC click here.

More about me...
I love to write bush poetry as well as other kinds of poems. 

I love classical music especially from the Baroque era. 

I was born in Victoria. 

I grew up in Normanton in Queensland’s Gulf Of Carpentaria. 

I drove a famous train when I was 9 years old.

Among other things, I used to be a rodeo clown and a Real Estate Agent.

I love to encourage, motivate and inspire others to discover their passion and what they want to do in their life. 

I attend a really cool church on Sunday’s and help out with the children’s program. 

I donate blood on a regular basis. 

My favourite...

  • Book when I was growing up was Bottersnikes and Gumbles by S. A. Wakefield.

  • Book now is Richest Man In Babylon by George S Clason

  • Sports are AFL (I barrack for Hawthorn!) and Rodeo

Ian in the media

Ian regularly features in the media, commenting on issues  relating to creative writing and children's literature as well promoting various initiatives he is involved in.    Click HERE to read more

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Working on new book projects, reprints and online courses for emerging children's book authors.


Online poetry workshops with remote QLD schools

September 1st

Beaudesert Community Kindergarten, Story time session

August 30th

Online Info session/Q&A for emerging authors

August 26th

Annandale Christian College- Book Week Author talk

August 16th to 20th

Camooweal, Urandangi, Dajarra, Boulia State School visits


August 6th

Little Cowbear's Picnic, Curry Merry Muster

August 5th 

Mount Isa Library, St Pauls Lutheran Kindergarten, story time sessions and author workshop


June/July 2021

Working on new book projects


May 19th

Blue Skies Kindergarten, Story time session

March 29th and 30th

Normanton State School, senior leadership mentoring program

March 2021
Launch of Crocodile One, Crocodile Two and Little Rhymes for Special Times.

Completed Diploma in early childhood

November/December 2020
Maranoa school district visit


September 30th and October 1st

Outback by the Sea Festival, writers workshops

April 8th

Play Gro- Garbutt Community Ctr


April 5th

Beginner's Guide to Writing a Children's Story short course launches


March 25th

Play Gro- Garbutt Community Ctr


March 23rd

Townsville Grammar North Ward, school visit.

March 23rd

Oonoonba C&K- Book Presentations


March 17th

Croydon State School visit


March 11th

Play Gro- Garbutt Community Ctr


March 1st - March 9th

Stanthorpe district, school visits

February 26th

Play Gro- Garbutt Comminity Ctr

February 17th  - 21st

Cloncurry, Julia Creek and Richmond schools and Kindy visits

January 2020
Garbutt Community Ctr- Creative fun Holiday sessions.

December 16th

Summer Writing Club kicks off


December 2nd - 3rd

Isolated Children's Parents Association, Charters Towers, Creative Activities Program 

November 25th to 28th

Normanton State School and Gulf Christian College, Positive Mindset and Personal Leadership program and creative writing workshops

November 11th

MIlestones Currajong, Story time.

October 31st

Ravenshoe State School, Guest Speaker at year 12 presentation evening.


October 17th

Winners Announced for Australia's Biggest Poetry Competition

October 3rd and 4th

SPERA conference,Brisbane.  (Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia) 


September 17th and 18th

TAFE QLD, Townsville, Guest Lecturer for Education Support certificate course. 


September 11th to 13th

Gulf Christian College,High School leadership sessions and Primary School creative writing sessions.

September 4th and 5th

Charters Towers School of Distance Education, Ewan Outreach event.


September 2nd

St Josephs, Mundingburra, Story Time Session

August 27th
Milestones Kindergarten, Story Time Session

August 19th to 23rd

Book Week, school visits in Far North QLD

July 29th to August 1st

Etheridge District School Visits


July 23rd
Australia's BIGGEST Poetry Writing Competition for Kids, open for entries.  Go to to enter.  

July 13th

Launching Children's picture book author mentor program.

June 30th to July 3rd
Jump Kids Camp,Mackay

27th June

Under 8's day Oonoonba State School

26th June
Blue Skies Kindergarten, Story time session

June 6th to June 9th

Normanton State School and Normanton Rodeo- Mentoring workshops and some good old fashion rodeo fun.


May 20th to 24th

Stanthorpe district school visits- goal setting and mentoring workshops and creative writing workshops


April 29th to May 3rd

South Brisbane school visits- creative writing workshops.


April 2nd to 4th

Normanton State School- Delivering goal setting and mentoring workshops to High School student leadership team 


March 4th to 6th

Warwick District school visits

March 2nd

Ignite Conference - Guest presenter


March 1st

Ignite Summit, Leadership training

February 28th

Presentation to - Education QLD State Executive team.


February 19th to 21st

Cloncurry, Julia Creek, Richmond, Hughenden SS visits.

December 1st - January 31st

Summer Writing Club for kids online writing challenge. Go to to register.

November 22nd

Ravensbourne State School


November 15th

Saint Mary Mackillop Early Learning Centre- The Little Kangaroo, Story Time Session


November 6th & 8th

C&K Oonoonba- The Little Kangaroo, Story Time

October 30th

Good Counsel School, Innisfail- Poetry workshops

October 26th

Home Schooling Townsville- Creative Writing Workshop


October 20th -24th
Cooktown school visits


October 19th

Mt Surprise State School

October 18th
Little Gems, Georgetown- Premier's Reading Challenge presentation

October 17th
St Josephs, The Strand- Grade 4 Poetry workshops


September 30th -October 5th

Camp Cobbold- Session Facilitator


September 6th
Annandale Christian College


August 31st - September 2nd
The Rock Church, Cairns

August 23rd

Good Counsel College, Innisfail. 


August 22nd
St Rita's School, South Johnstone


August 20th

Calvary Early Learning Centre and Christian School


August 14th to 17th

Kidshaper Conference, Gold Coast

August 7th and 9th

Western Suburbs Kindergarten- Story time sessions


July 23rd to 27th
Cairns region schools visits.


July 20th

Greenvale State School, poetry workshops. 


July 6th and 7th

CYA Conference, Brisbane.


June 25th to 29th

Flinders Shire-  Schools visits.

June 7th to 11th

Gulf Of Carpentaria- School visits.

May 20th to 24th

Collinsville District- School and Kindergarten visits.

May 8th to 11th

Atherton Tablelands District- School visit.

April 16th to 20th

Townsville region- Kindergarten visits for Story Time Sessions.

March 29th

NCC Early Learning Ctr, Withcott- Story Time Session

March 20th to 24th

My Surprise to Georgetown- school visits and writers workshops


March 7th

Giru State School- School visit


February 19th to 24th

Hughenden to Julia Creek- School visits


February 5th to 10th
South East QLD- School visits


Term 1

Belgian Gardens State School- After school Creative Writing Club

January 20th 2018

Launch of No Butts, No Buts campaign


January 25th 2018

Judging of "It's Kool 2B an Aussie short story competition


January 16th 2018

Burdekin Library, Creative Writing & Illustration workshop with Matt Lewis


Jan 13th, 17th, 19th  2018

Castletown, Townsville.- Appearances for  "It's Kool 2 B An Aussie" story writing competition for kids.  Awesome prizes to be won.  


Dec 18th

10am- 12.30pm- A Christmas Story Writing Workshops. Townsville. Click HERE to register.


Dec  11th 2017 - Jan 20th 2018

Summer Writing Club.  Go to to sign up.

November 20th, 2017

Summer Writing Club, Official Launch.

December 7th 2017

Junior Writers Club short story competition winners announced.


December 5th

Guest Speaker- Empowering Events, Business Shortcuts webinar.

November 8th 2017

Current Junior Writers Club short story competition closes.

November 5th 2017

Special Guest- Townsville City Council short story competition awards presentations.


October 31st - November 3rd 2017

Townsville school visits- poetry and writing workshops.

October 23rd - 27th 2017

Cooktown regions school visits and writers workshops.

October 18th 2017

Burdekin district-  High School visit/workshops.

October 16th 2017
Creative Entrepreneurs Network Meet up event- Host/Speaker


October  13th - 14th 2017

Karumba- Children's program facilitator,  Karumba Beef Up Forum.

October 5th 2017

Kindergarten visit- Story time session.

October -  November

After school creative writing master classes for kids in multiple schools.

September 24th - 29th 2017

Camp Cobbold- Session facilitator

September 18th 2017

Disgusting Story Writing Workshop for kids- Townsville.
Email for more information.

September 16th 2017

How to write and self publish a children's story info session- Townsville


August 21st  - 25th 2017

Book Week- schools and kindergarten visits.    

August 1st 2017

Official launch of "The Great Australian Flash Fiction Challenge" Australia wide story competition for kids. 


July 19th 2017

Launch of online Junior Writers Master Class on


July 4th 2017

Junior Writers Sizzling Stories Workshop- Aitkenvale library, Townsville.


June 29th 2017

Junior Writers Short Story Workshop- Aitkenvale library, Townsville.


June 7th - 13th 2017

School Visits- Greenvale SS, Croydon SS, Normanton SS, Gulf Christian College.

June 3rd 2017

Guest Speaker- Rise Of The Entrepreneur Conference, Gold Coast, QLD.


May 31st 2017

Current Junior Writers Club competition closes.  Go to for details.   

May 27th -28th 2017

Guest Author - Savannah Writers Festival, Townsville.

May 13th - 14th 2017

Writers Workshop host- Normanton.


May 10th- 11th 2017
Guest Presenter- Mt Isa School Of The Air Home Tutor Seminar.


April 3rd & April 10th, 2017

Creative Writing Workshops- Mercure, Townsville.

March 20th - 23rd

Brisbane schools and Kindy visits. 


March 7th and 9th

After school creative writing club commences in Townsville.  email for more details.

February 6th

New Junior Writers Club Australia wide short story competition launched.  Go to for details.   

January 2nd to January 31st

Writing , writing and more writing. Hanging out in my hub at Mercure Townsville working on stories, workshop content, new programs etc for 2017.  

25th December to 1st January

Time off with the family.  Hope you have a blessed and safe Christmas!

18th to 24th December

Mr Balloonman at Castletown Shopping Centre and various Christmas events around Townsville.


11th December
MC- Burdekin Shire Council Christmas Carols.

12th November
Mr Balloonman at Castletown Shopping Centre.


6th November
Guest speaker at KUMON Townsville Awards afternoon

5th November

Mr Balloonman at Castletown Shopping Centre.


29th October

Mr Balloonman at Ravenswood, QLD Rural Fire Brigade Ball.

29th October
Mr Balloonman at Cotton On store opening, Castletown Shopping Centre.

11th October
Mr Balloonman at BGSS Under 8's Day.


8th October
10am-12pm Mr Balloonman at Castletown Shopping Centre.


26-30 September 2016

Camp Cobbold - Guest workshop and session presenter.


21-23 September 2016

Burdekin Library - Creative Writing Workshops for 8-17 year olds .

Contact Me for further details.

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