Ian Thomson was at QEGS as a pupil from 1961 to 1968, returning as a teacher for a spell some years later.  Having retired from teaching Ian is now a successful author and has recently had his latest book ‘Northern Elements’ published.

The book centres on two gangs of young boys in Blackburn, but at different times – one gang in 1890 and the other in 1960.  It demonstrates that whilst the world may change, children don’t.  The interaction within the groups: friendship, trust, honesty, loyalty, their hopes and fears, are remarkably similar.  It’s full of laughter and tears with a surprise conclusion in 2015.

As one reviewer wrote, “This is not the gentle read you may initially think it is…”

If you’d like to know more about Ian’s books, please take a look at his website:


His books are available from Amazon and most good book retailers.