Ian Clayton

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Ian Clayton (born 4 September 1959 in Featherstone, Yorkshire) is a British writer and broadcaster. In a freelance career spanning 20 years he has edited and authored more than forty books and broadcast on TV and radio. As an animator, Ian has run education workshops from infant schools to universities, working regularly with musicians on opera and music theatre projects. He has worked across Europe as well as the United States.

Current work[edit]

Clayton has worked with Yorkshire Art Circus for twenty five years. He currently presents a documentary series for Yorkshire Television called My Yorkshire and is a regular radio broadcaster and workshop leader for numerous cultural institutions.

Canoeing incident[edit]

In April, 2006 Clayton's nine-year-old daughter Billie died in a canoeing accident in Powys, Wales in which her father and twin brother Edward survived. Following an inquest into her death in 2008 - which recorded a verdict of misadventure - Clayton criticised the canoe hire industry and called for it to be more strictly regulated.[1]

Selected Books[edit]

Selected projects as writing workshop leader.[edit]

  • Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
  • Opera North.
  • London Sinfonietta.
  • English National Opera at Sky TV.
  • Royal Festival Hall.
  • Benjamin Britton School of Advanced Music Study.
  • National Youth Orchestra Summer School.


  • With a little Help from our Friends - UNESCO prize nominee.
  • Wakefield Jailhouse Opera - BBC Late Show.
  • My Yorkshire - Yorkshire TV.




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