About Ian

Ian Cochrane - writer

ian cochrane : writer

Ian James Cochrane is an Australian writer calling Melbourne home. He is also a prolific photographer and freelance draughtsman.

An itinerant traveller, Ian writes for the online newspaper BrooWaha, is a member of  Writers Victoria and the Blog Catalog community blogging on people, places and the human condition.

Wanderlust lured him to Europe, the Americas, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, while work has taken him to India, Africa, the Australian outback, Korea, and the highlands of Papua New Guinea.

Ian launched his first book –Indian Summers: Mumbai and Beyond, a collection of 13 tales on the paradox of modern India – to wild acclaim in 2011. Find it here as p-book or e-book, complete or by the story, or throughout Australia and New Zealand via Dennis Jones & Associates.

Ian’s Australian Outback short story `A Splendid Memory’ is included among the non-fiction  2013 Cowley Literary Award finalists , and he has penned several tabloid travel and food features.

Among other things, he is currently working on `Shadowland – a NZ Odyssey’ : another collection of short stories, and `Man of Cards’ : the tale of a wanderer with each foot in a different world.


The young Ian was smitten with the storytelling of his Scottish grandmother at her kitchen table.

‘My grandma was a short, stooped lady fond of telling stories in her Scottish brogue. In that blue, white and green MacDonald tartan pinny over a floral dress, she cooked up batches of potato scones, fried fruitcake and black pudding…’ Read the full story (.pdf 66kb)