Ian Henery was born in Walsall in the West Midlands’ Black Country and home to JRR Tolkien, rock bands and great beer. He is Managing Director of Ian Henery Solicitors with offices in Walsall and two offices in Birmingham.
In 2015, he performed at approximately 100 open mic and poetry festivals in the UK and abroad in such far-flung places as Malaysia and Singapore. His poetry has been published internationally in more magazines, newspapers and books than he cares to remember over the last 30 years.
His poetry and plays have won awards nationally and internationally and he became Walsall’s first Poet Laureate between 2011 – 2014, Poet in Residence at St Matthews Church in Walsall 2013 – 2014 (800th Anniversary Festival) and Scout Association Poet Laureate (National Memorial Project, Alrewas) in 2013. The work commissioned for the National Memorial Project was unveiled at the Gatehouse Theatre for the Stafford Arts Festival.
Ian performed regularly with the late Geoff Stevens in Poetry Wednesbury and the Purple Patch Poetry Conventions and now at the Oldbury Rep in Langley. In 2015, he was created Bugle Ambassador for the Black Country Bugle newspaper for which he regularly writes poetry, news and features. Ian’s fellow Bugle Ambassadors are Wednesbury Poet Laureate Brendan Hawthorne, Doctor Brian Dakin (a.k.a Billy Spakemon), Eileen Ward-Birch, Mick Birch, Robert Hazel (Sandwell Libraries) and Annette Bradney.