As a compulsive writer, I have authored over twenty books – novels, collections of short stories, volumes of poetry, and some non-fiction – and contributed to a number of others. As an independent publisher (via the Coverstory books imprint), I have also helped surface the work of other writers to a wider audience; this includes three anthologies in which around hundred contributors have had their work showcased.

Writeral.com is my primary location for all matters associated with my writing. It contains details on my writing projects, excerpts from books, individual blog pieces, and short reviews of the books I have read.


Coverstory books

Coverstory books is the publishing imprint originally set-up as a vehicle for the production of my own work. The success of Coverstory books has since enabled me to offer the imprint as a home for other writers whose work I have been honoured to play a part in seeing through to publication.

2022 will see Coverstory books kick-on again. For more information, please check out the website.


Line Breaks

Line Breaks is an initiative – under the Coverstory books banner – to produce on-line poetry anthologies curated via submissions from poets world-wide. As an on-going programme of activity, the aim is to publish collections on the website multiple times per year.

The first Line Breaks was published towards the end of 2021. Please follow the link for more details.


Image copyright Helen Johnson.


Photorway.com is where I post some of my best photographs. Taken over a number of years – and across a number of continents! – these presented either as individual images or collected into projects or themes.

A number of these photographs have been adopted as Coverstory books book covers, and a few are available on Adobe’s photograph library.



“Walking Thru Fire” – my podcast

I have just started a brand new Podcast in which I will pull together readings from my various collections of poetry, some short stories, and potentially the serialisation of some of my longer fiction. The podcast can be found on Buzzsprout, as well as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Audible, Amazon Music and other platforms.

New YouTube channel: ‘Ian Gouge – Author’

I have now created a YouTube channel where I will catalogue readings of my work. I have initially loaded nine pieces – eight poems and one short story – and I am to build on that body of work over the coming weeks and months. I hope you enjoy them.