Iain Overton is the Director of Policy and Investigations at AOAV. He oversees the research, advocacy and policy work that AOAV carries out.
Prior to joining AOAV in 2013, Iain Overton worked as a journalist, notably for the BBC, ITN and latterly as editor of the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He has also worked with the Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Spectator and New Statesman aand The Financial Times.
He has been witness to the devastating impact of armed violence on numerous occasions and has reported on conflict or extremes of violence in Ukraine, Syria/Jordan, Pakistan, Philippines, Kosovo, Nagorno Karabakh, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Iraq, Solomon Islands, Mexico, the West Bank, Somalia and Liberia.
For his journalism, Iain Overton has been awarded two Amnesty Media Awards, a Peabody, a BAFTA Scotland, a One World Award and three RTS nominations. He had a particular focus on human rights reporting.
He is a guest lecturer in investigative journalism and holds an MPhil and BA from Cambridge University.
He has spoken at the United Nations, the Oxford Union, Harvard, Cambridge, LSE and Chatham House, amongst others.
Gun Baby Gun
His book Gun Baby Gun was published by Canongate in the UK in April 2015. It has also been sold into the US (HarperCollins), Canada (McLelland & Stewart – Penguin), France (Belfond), Norway (Font), Netherlands (Uitgeverij Q) and Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau (China Times).
The reviews for the book are:
‘Brilliant…’ – Jon Snow, Channel 4 News
‘A gripping book that’s as disturbing as it is enlightening’ – GQ
‘Relentlessly engrossing’ – The Spectator
‘Shocking… Overton has supped full of horrors and is not reticent about sharing them.’ – Newsweek
‘Adventurous…thoughtful… contains moments of great poignancy…’ – Financial Times
‘A shocking book about the terrible realities of war and weapons’ – Scotland’s Sunday Mail
Overton ‘has a journalist’s eye for blending anecdote and statistics… its scope is admirable.’- The Skinny
‘A thoroughly good book… hard not to be compelled’ – Book munch
“Maybe one of the most thought-provoking books you’ll read this year” – The National
Gun Baby Gun can be ordered on Amazon.
Gun Baby Gun: a bloody journey into the world of the gun.
Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (16 April 2015)