Iain was born and educated in Palmerston North, New Zealand. He spent many years living and teaching in London, followed by a spell as an EFL teacher in Bournemouth in the south of England. During the 80s he taught in small rural areas such as Manutuke and Taupo in the North Island of New Zealand. He now teaches at a large independent school for boys in Auckland. Even though for many years he has had a long-running relationship with writing in all its various forms, his work with poetry is only a recent pursuit. His first poems were published in 2000.