Ian Lipke began his career as a primary school teacher in 1958, transferring to secondary schools in 1964. He has seen service in schools in remote and metropolitan areas of Queensland, Australia.
In 1977 he lectured at the University of Queensland and at Queensland University of Technology. Throughout the late 1980s and 1990s he was a deputy principal at several high schools before retiring.
In 2006 he returned to research in postgraduate studies at the University of Queensland, gaining an M.Phil in the process. His whole life has been devoted to academic studies which he very much enjoys.
Ian writes for, and manages, a sister book review website https://queenslandreviewerscollective.wordpress.com.
This site grew out of the ‘words’ section of M/C Reviews, a highly commended online journal (www.reviews.media-culture.org.au) that was the brain-child of Dr Axel Bruns of Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. Ian’s reviews, and those of his team of highly qualified writers, have been brought together to this site for ease of access.
Ian has co-written two textbooks for high school students, and written a novel called Nargun that depicts aboriginal-white confrontation in early nineteenth century Queensland. A second book, Lest Evil Prevail, is a crime novel set on the Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland.
Since 2011 he has been an active member of the University of the Third Age (U3A) in Brisbane, taking on the role of president in 2012 – 13. In 2016, to recognise the thirty year history of U3A Brisbane Ian co-wrote Forever Learning: thirty years of U3A Brisbane (1986 – 2016).
In addition to his U3A responsibilities in the office, and attending classes, he has tutored groups in English, American and Australian poetry, and in 2018, for the first time, has taken a class called the Piano Sonatas of Beethoven. In 2014, at the U3A Winter School, Ian conducted a seminar on the self-publishing industry.
In 2018, a fourth book, A Ragbag of Tales and Verses, was published in Brisbane with InHouse Publishing and Printing.
Ian has a wife, two children, and two grandchildren.