Ian hosts hit weekly show The Verb on BBC R3, dedicated to investigating spoken words around the globe.
'a great contribution at our conference ... your humour and energy-packed intro really kick-started the day and your poem to end was a brilliant summary ... allowing us all to leave with a smile on our face as we stepped out to change lives together in the wonderful Wakefield weather!' Mark Penny, chair of Canal & River Trust (North East)
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
John Peel of poetry’ Alec
He’s a regular on Coast, The Arts Show, You & Yours, The Today Programme, Last Word and previously, Any Questions, Quote Unquote, Have I Got News For You? and Just A Minute. Other radio includes comedy series Street and Lane written with Dave Sheasby - ‘just the right amount of playfulness to take the quotidian into the comic’ The Guardian. He’s the 22nd Most Powerful Person in Radio. It says so here in The Radio Times.
'It was a remarkable afternoon. None of us had laughed that much in a long time at work and God knows, you need to laugh! We are quite a new team and I know that yesterday will contribute hugely to developing that collective memory which is so important. We all went away knowing for sure that we are creative people, we can do what we want and with renewed energy and
enthusiasm' . Sandra Stancliffe, English Heritage
'Last year's Speech Day went on and on and on. Relentless. Woke up from a boredom doze and it was still going... Today I laughed so much I was crying.' Amanda
He is Poet in Residence for The Academy of Urbanism, a cutting edge
group devoted to defining & driving our urban environments.
'an inspiring figure, an encouraging & democratic spirit, a strong & popular poet and one of the funniest people in Britain’
Ian is poet-in-residence for The Academy of Urbanism and Barnsley FC.
He’s UK Trade & Investment’s Poet, Yorkshire TV’s Investigative
Poet and Humberside Police’s Beat Poet. Ian is Visiting Professor at
He has been a poet, broadcaster, commentator and programme maker for
over 20 years. The last 12 months have seen him exploring language &
communication with students, teachers, education policy makers, local
authority officers, politicians and business communities.
was featured on The
South Bank Show and
at BBC Proms Plus.
His verse autobiography is Talking Myself Home (John Murray Publishing).
In 2007, Ian McMillan was appointed Yorkshire
Planetarium’s Poet in Space
and National Poetry
been going to business dinners for forty years and you’re the best
speaker I’ve ever heard!’ CBI Yorkshire & Humberside
‘Easily the funniest and most
entertaining awards presentation I have photographed in over 27 years of
professional photography…’ Giles Rocholl, Former Picture Editor,
Shirley Bassey of performance poetry’ T.E.S.
'it sounds nothing like what you might imagine a literary show on Radio 3 would sound. I don't mean McMillan's Yorkshire accent so much as his down-to-earth enthusiasm. Saturday night telly is rubbish anyway. Give yourself a treat and tune in.' Ken Garner Sunday Express