Ian Clayton


Ian Clayton has been a jobbing writer, storyteller and broadcaster for over 30 years. He has written on subjects as varied as the environment, homelessness, jazz and rugby league. His stories are about making sense of where we come from. He has written three memoirs, Bringing It All Back Home is about his love of music is a critically acclaimed bestseller; Our Billie has been described as one of the best books about loss ever written; Song For My Father is about his absent father and a reflection on his life long search for a father-figure. Right Up Your Street is the first volume of columns he’s written for Pontefract and Castleford Express. He is the co-compiler of Wisdom of Our Own, a book that tells the story of a learning centre that grew out of the Women Against Pit Closures movement.

Ian still lives in the town where he was born, with his partner Heather, a social worker and artist, and his son Edward, a musician.

Ian’s website: www.ianclaytoninfo.wordpress.com


Ian Clayton - Young Man Blues

The story of the night that Jimi Hendrix played Ilkley starts in John Entwistle’s Cotswolds mansion. From Bringing It All Back Home. Read by the author.

Ian Clayton - Taproom

Ian Clayton spends the day being regaled by Arthur ‘Sooner’ Millard in a Featherstone taproom. From Bringing It All Back Home. Read by the author.

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  • Eddie Plays Piano
    Ian Clayton's son Edward is a budding pianist. Here he is having fun during practice, knocking out some Miles Davis and Scott Joplin. (3:55)
  • Mafeking Street
    Full version. Ian Clayton, author of Bringing It All Back Home, visits the street where he was born. (15:42)
  • Song For My Father Launch
    Launch event for Ian Clayton's memoir Song For My Father (3:09).


Ian Clayton Interview

Ian Clayton answers questions about Bringing It All Back Home in a public house in the Castleford Potteries, a traditional drinking hole adjacent to a dilapidated old tin hut which was once home to a school where a young Henry Moore began his education.


Reviews for Bringing It All Back Home Hardback

Reviews for Bringing It All Back Home Paperback

Song For My Father Reviews


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