Ian James Cochrane is a writer calling Melbourne home, a member of the Australian Society of Authors, an itinerant traveller and the editor of TravelnRavel.com – a wandering bird’s-eye overview of most things even vaguely related to travel.
Ian has always been a writer, initially with an Engineering background. The details are included in his Linkedin profile. He is also a prolific photographer, a member of Writers Victoria – and a blogger on people, places and the human condition. In his spare time, he may possibly be found at CircleOz.com.
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 critical acclaim in 2011. Find it HERE or throughout Australia and New Zealand via Dennis Jones & Associates.
Various e-books and p-book paperbacks are also available through AMAZON, with Ian’s Australian Outback short story `A Splendid Memory’ included among the non-fiction 2013 Cowley Literary Award finalists.
Ian has also penned several tabloid travel and food features with his writing described as –
“… observational and anecdotal, his vignettes illuminated by the assorted zany characters he meets. Anyone with an open mind and a sense of humour, will find resonance in Cochrane’s adventures.”
– Susan Kurosawa, travel editor, The Australian
… and this website?
Stories are divided into five categories or geographical areas, sometimes said to be of the `travel’ genre, but often more to do with the people.
But then there are other stories, obvious orphans of sorts… sometimes not so obvious. These leftovers have been tucked in a dedicated category-cupboard called `Utopia’, or `a good place’. Here there are muddled mishaps, musings on life, loss, music and books, bibelots and blog awards, along with interviews, poems and assorted jottings.
Feel free to browse. Hope you enjoy the site – and please – do leave a comment. Rest assured, that in this age of instantaneous LIKES and DISLIKES, real feedback is appreciated.