To begin our final weekend we are once more partnering with Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University. It is a very special treat to be welcoming the poet and Bard of Barnsley, Ian McMillan, to open our poetry weekend!
One of Britain’s well-loved poets, performers, broadcasters and entertainers, McMillan has been injecting soul and vibrancy into the UK literary scene for over two decades. His humorous and witty observations of everyday life, fused with his northern, working-class voice has made him a household name.
McMillan’s recent book To Fold The Evening Star – New and Selected Poems gathers work from eight key collections, distilling an essence of McMillan’s diversiform poetry and short prose. Hilarity and tenderness, gravity and light, are interwoven into a bountiful poetic fibre.
“the verbal gymnastics of a north country Spike Milligan coupled with the comic timing of Eric Morecambe” — Frome Festival
Bard of Barnsley Ian McMillan hosts weekly hit radio show The Verb. He’s Poet-in-Residence for Barnsley FC, The Academy of Urbanism and, until recently, English National Opera. He’s a regular on BBC Breakfast, Pointless Celebrities, Coast, Countryfile, Pick of the Week, Last Word, The Yorkshire Dales and The Lakes (C4) … He was featured on The South Bank Show and cast away on Desert Island Discs. His rip-roaring poetry shows are legendary. Cats make him sneeze.