Ian Templeman trained as an art teacher in Perth and went on to become the inaugural director of the Fremantle Arts Centre. In 1976 he established the Fremantle Arts Centre Press to give wider publication to writers living and working in Western Australia. His wealth of experience in arts administration and publishing includes a term as Deputy Chair of the Australia Council, a period from 1990 to 1997 as Assistant Director General at the National Library of Australia in Canberra, and, more recently, an innovative role as the head of Pandanus Books - the publishing arm of the Research School of Asian and Pacific Studies at the Australian National University. He is presently Chair of the ACT Cultural Council.
In 1989 Ian Templeman was made a member of the Order of Australia for his services to art and literature. He founded the Molonglo Press some years ago and in that capacity has been instrumental in providing opportunities for new and established writers. His own poetry has been published in many literary journals and included in several anthologies. In addition to Poems, published by Freshwater Bay Press in 1979, he is the author of These Glimpsed Interiors, a collection of his recent poetry.
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