When All This Is Over
for BBC Local Radio’s ‘Make A Difference’ service (29.5.20)
‘Here is the midnight news, read by me, Ian McMillan.
Barnsley man Ian McMillan, 64, declared himself
‘reyt chuffed’ at the Government’s new scheme to provide free flat caps for men over 60 when t’temperature drops below freezing.
"It’s one o’them simple ideas that’s actually packed wi a looad o’cultural
nuance," said McMillan, pulling his cap low over his hair which is whiter than t’clouds over
That’s the hair, not the cap.’
The World Tonight (18.2.20)
on newsreaders and regional accents
Two blokes from Barnsley create a celebration of O, one of the least regarded of all the vowels but one that carries more cultural power than trendy U or solipsistic I.
Lovingly produced with special printing processes,
O Yes will make an ideal keepsake gift for adults, children and grandchildren.
designer and musician
40 pages 210x210mm
Price £20 inc postage
buy online with code 1312
for a £5 discount
Available from https://www.indenteditions.ink/
TO FOLD THE EVENING STAR – New and Selected Poems
Out Loud review
London Magazine interview
'The jovial, friendly face and voice of British poetry has here produced an
outstanding collection of poignant, inquisitive and enjoyable poems, gathered from the last 20+ years. It is also subversive, political and experimental in the best way possible.'
© Rupert Loydell, Stride Magazine
'asylum seekers, refugees and migrants who are all studying English at some level. Some are beginners, some are more fluent. The beauty of working with somebody as skilled as Ian McMillan is that he can field anything or anyone in the group and he simply incorporates it into the session or it becomes part of a poem. A toddler in a pushchair becomes a tiny heckler who Ian responds to….. A visiting world class musician is roped in to play the organ to accompany the musicality of the rhymes and poems… tea was drunk… cakes were eaten…… people laughed a lot and spirits were lifted. If only Ian was available on prescription.
Word power in action.' Doncaster Literacy Project
'Best INSET day I've been to in 30 years!'
'I've decided, after last Friday's Sporting History conference, that every conference should have a poet, and it should always be Ian McMillan!'
'the verbal gymnastics of a north country Spike
Milligan coupled with the comic timing of Eric Morecambe' Martin
Dimery, Frome Festival
'I knew he was good, but he’s even better' Wirral Festival of
'world-class – one of today’s greatest poetry
performers' Carol Ann Duffy
'With the best will in the world AGM's are not lively. But I laughed so much at your stint I could hardly breathe!'
Matlock U3A AGM
'inching towards the status of a National Treasure'
Ian is poet-in-residence for
The Academy of Urbanism and Barnsley FC. He’s
been resident poet at English National Opera and UK Trade & Investment Poet, Yorkshire TV’s Investigative
Poet and Humberside Police’s Beat Poet.
'He was absolutely brilliant and really made the event. The fact that he had such empathy with the subject matter was perfect and I've now lost count of how many people have either emailed or who came up to me to say he made the conference the best they'd ever been to and inspired them to use oral history and sport going forward!! Massively helped us to achieve our aims and can't thank him enough!'
Justine Reilly , Sporting Heritage CIC
'the best evening that the club has had in a long, long time'
Pontefract Rotary Club
'We haven't laughed so much for years, you were an absolute
Grimsby Everyman Club
' the man's a genius!'
Yorkshire Post reader
'Ian McMillan, owner of one of the finest
broadcasting voices currently gracing the airwaves' Radio Times
‘a superb exponent of palindromes, puns and garden path sentences and his tweets include ‘Pam ran backwards into a map’ and the magnificent ‘T.Eliot, top bard, notes putrid tang emanating, is sad. I’d assign it a name: gnat dirt upset on drab pot toilet. Palindrome’.’
has been castaway on Desert Island Discs. Cartoon by Doug
‘If there's a more engaging presence on the radio than Barnsley poet Ian McMillan and a more entertaining show than Radio 3's The Verb then I don't know it’
Stuart Maconie, Radio Times
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