Ian McMillan

Credit: Adrian Mealing

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. Previously, Ian was resident poet for English National Opera, UK Trade & Investment, Yorkshire TV’s Investigative Poet and Humberside Police’s Beat Poet. He’s been a castaway on Desert Island Discs and a subject of The South Bank Show. Cats make him sneeze. @IMcMillan

'world-class – one of today’s greatest poetry performers' Carol Ann Duffy
‘inching towards the status of a National Treasure’ Andy Kershaw

He has been a poet, broadcaster, commentator and programme maker for over 35 years. He's explored language & communication with students, teachers, education policy makers, local authority officers, politicians and business communities.  

‘Ian McMillan, owner of one of the finest broadcasting voices currently gracing the airwaves' Radio Times
'the verbal gymnastics of a north country Spike Milligan coupled with the comic timing of Eric Morecambe'
Martin Dimery, Frome Festival

'Ian McMillan proved himself the ultimate spoken word artist, in that he was never at a loss for them – spoken or otherwise. His show Talking Myself Home was a dazzling combination finely-honed poems and stand-up’s repartee. When the audience weren’t savouring his metaphors (in a Wish-I’d-Written-That way), they were shrieking with laughter. And what more could you want from a poetry show?' Russell Thompson Apples'n'Snakes

‘The John Peel of poetry’ Alec Finlay
‘Jovial Poetic Troll’ Mark Radcliffe  

'It cleared me chest something wonderful' Theatre By The Lake, Kendal
verbal wit and brilliant musicianship makes it a kind of Flanders and Swann with the subject matter firmly uprooted from London to Yorkshire. I love Flanders and Swann so that’s quite a compliment.’ www.thejazzmann.co.uk 
I’ve laughed so much, my face hurts’ Coventry Young Writers' Festival

  Ian McMillan - storm in a teacup?

‘the Shirley Bassey of performance poetry’ T.E.S.
‘without doubt the funniest, quirkiest, sharpest presenter in the business’ Sue Arnold
The Observer

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Page last updated: 16 November 2020