'the ultimate spoken word artist' Apples'n'Snakes
'a force of nature' The Guardian
life measured out in tides, coming in and going out and doing the same
again. My life measured out in games of trying to spot the sea first.
recalls his days by the sea, from Cleethorpes & Scarborough to
Northumberland & Blackpool & the Isle of Skye. He walks barefoot
to see the sun rise; he is attacked by seagulls, midges, and wasps; he
eats a lot of fish & chips; he nearly avoids a frisbee; he searches
for jazz. In writing peppered with poetry, Ian tries to work out how
those journeys shaped the grand old dad that he’s become today.
My Sand Life, My Pebble Life takes readers to sunny days on the beach, legendary games of cricket, thermoses of tea, crumbly cake and tiny caravans. The holiday cottages that live on forever, buckets of shells, a broken fishing net, with the tide out, way out…
Pub.Bloomsbury, Adlard Coles (9.6.22)
THIS SPORTING LIFE
© Ian McMillan 12.7.21 Front Row BBC
'I've decided, after last Friday's Sporting History conference, that every conference should have a poet, and it should always be Ian McMillan!' @RafNicholson
'the verbal gymnastics of a north country Spike
Milligan coupled with the comic timing of Eric Morecambe' Martin
Dimery, Frome Festival
Ian is poet-in-residence for The Academy of Urbanism and Barnsley FC. He presents The Verb every week on BBC R3 and he’s a regular on BBC Breakfast, Coast, Pick of the Week, You & Yours, Last Word and The Arts Show. He’s been a castaway on Desert Island Discs and a subject of The South Bank Show. Cats make him sneeze.
‘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