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Ian Skewis

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Ian Skewis was born in Scotland in 1970.

He wrote articles for a local paper and had his first poems published at the age of 19.

He trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and became an actor, appearing on film and television, and providing his voice for radio. He performed in numerous stage plays that toured internationally, including Like Thunder, which received a Fringe First Award in 2001.

He retired from acting in 2004.

Returning to writing years later, his Doctor Who story, Borrowed Time, was published in The Writers Umbrella newsletter in 2014. Another short story, Inkling, was published in an anthology entitled The Speculative Book, in 2016.

In 2017, his debut novel, A Murder Of Crows, was published, and it became a multiple No.1 Bestseller on various Amazon Kindle charts. It was also long listed for the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize. Since then it has also been released as a Paperback and an Audiobook — which Ian has narrated.

He won the Gold Acorn Award for Best Audiobook of 2018.

He has performed numerous public readings of his work, including the Aye Write! festival, Bloody Scotland and Newcastle Noir, as well as numerous appearances at Noir at the Bar, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Harrogate.

He publishes a free monthly newsletter, which can be subscribed to via his website,

He is currently working on his second novel, and various other projects.

He lives and works in Glasgow.

Other Awards

Gold Acorn Award: A Murder Of Crows: Best Audiobook of 2018

A Murder Of Crows (Longlisted for the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize) 2017

Borrowed Time – a Doctor Who story (Finalist for the Temporal Logbook Competition) 2014


Books by Ian Skewis

  • A Murder Of Crows


  • The Speculative Book