Author Ian’s deadly sins

Noosa Arts and Crafts Association president Jan Bentley and author Ian Laver at the launch last month of his new book Deadly Sins.

By Jim Fagan

Wallace House stalwart Ian Laver enjoys writing books.

He has published two novels, Crucial Step and Uneasy, and just released a collection of short stories, Deadly Sins. More than anything, however, he loves talking about writing and on the weekend of May 24 and 25 at the Noosa Arts and Craft Association headquarters he will be “writer in residence” where he will be “happy to chat with writers or aspiring writers” as well as working on a sequel to Uneasy.

Ian has been involved with Wallace House activities for 10 years and co-tutors its creative writing class and two haiku study groups. He is also a former president of the Sunshine Coast Literary Association and along the way has numerous awards for his work.

He describes his new book as a “collection of stories offering diverse characters and sins, ranging from dark, cruel and criminal to innocent, brave, youthful and sometimes even likeable. They are from the varied layers of society, the rich, spoilt, privileged and the born to lose”.

Short story writing is very much the flavour of this month at Wallace House. A short story and haiku competition started last Saturday and will close on June 22, results being announced on July 14.

Entry forms for the short story contest are available from Wallace House 5474 1211 or

Deadly Sins and Ian’s other books are available as eBooks and hard copy from all online bookstores and locally from Berkelouw Books Eumundi, the gift shop at Wallace House, Noosaville.