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Poet Ian McMillan was born in 1956, in Darfield, South Yorkshire, England and was educated at North Staffordshire Polytechnic. He has been a poet, broadcaster, commentator and programme-maker for over 20 years. He founded Versewagon (later re-named Circus of Poets), a performance poetry group with John Turner and Martyn Wiley, and appears regularly in schools, arts centres, prisons and at literary festivals.

He appears regularly on television and radio and contributes articles to the Mail on Sunday, The Guardian, the Barnsley Chronicle, Q, Mojo, Poetry Review and the Yorkshire Post. His poems have been published in many magazines and newspapers including The Observer and the Evening Standard, and broadcast on numerous television and radio shows, including BBC1's Football Focus. He also hosts The Verb, a new arts programme broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

He was Writer in Residence at Padgate Library, Cheshire, and Bolton Boyd Adult Literacy Centre, Bradford, in 1984, and Creative Writing Fellow at Sheffield City Polytechnic from 1984 to 1985. He is Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Northern College, near Barnsley, and has also been Poet in Residence at Barnsley Football Club, Yorkshire Television's Investigative Poet and Mobile Bard of the late Northern Spirit rail network. In spring 2002 he became Poet in Residence for Humberside Police Force.

His poetry and prose collections for adults include Dad, the Donkey's on Fire (1994), I Found This Shirt: Poems and Prose from the Centre (1998) and Perfect Catch (2000), a collection of poems, plays and other writings. His poetry for children includes Elephant Dreams (1998). His most recent book for children is The Invisible Villain (2002). In 2005, his play, Sister Josephine Kicks the Habit, based on the work of Jake Thackray was first performed.

Ian McMillan performs with cartoonist Tony Husband and musician Luke Goss, and in 2007 was Yorkshire Planetarium's Poet in Space and the National Poetry Day Poet in Residence. He presented Ian McMillans Writing Lab on BBC Radio 3 - a series on the art of writing in the same year, and in 2008 his book Talking Myself Home: My Life in Verses was published.

Bibliography

Batteries Not Included: 36 Poems   Poetry Leeds, 1980

The Changing Problem   Carcanet, 1980

An Anthology from Versewagon   (with John Turner and Martyn Wiley)   Versewagon Press, 1982

Now it Can be Told   Carcanet, 1983

How the Hornpipe Failed and Other Poems   Rivelin Grapheme, 1984

Six: The Versewagon Poetry Manual   (editor)   Rivelin Grapheme, 1985

Tall In The Saddle   Doorstop Books, 1986

Selected Poems   Carcanet, 1987

More Poems Please, Waiter, and Quickly!   Sow's Ear, 1988

Overstone   (with David Harmer and Martyn Wiley)   Arnold Wheaton, 1988

Unselected Poems   Wide Skirt Press, 1988

Against the Grain   Nelson, 1990

A Chin?: Poems   Wide Skirt Press, 1991

Radio 5 Poems   Twist In The Tale, 1993

Yakety - Yakety - Yakety - Yak! : Poems   (with Martyn Wiley)   Twist In The Tale, 1993

Breathless   (editor)   Write Around, 1994

Dad, the Donkey's On Fire   Carcanet, 1994

Primary Colours   (editor with Elizabeth Carter)   Swaledale Festival, 1996

Elephant Dreams   (with Paul Cookson and David Harmer)   Macmillan (Sandwich Poets 3), 1998

I Found This Shirt: Poems and Prose from the Centre   Carcanet, 1998

Just Like Watching Brazil   Yorkshire Art Circus, 1999

Perfect Catch   Carcanet, 2000

The Very Best of Ian McMillan   Macmillan Children's Books, 2001

The Invisible Villain   Macmillan Children's Books, 2002

Ideas Have Legs: Ian McMillan vs Andy Martin   FUEL, 2006

Chelp and Chunter: How to Talk Tyke   (illustrated by Alex Collier)   Collins, 2007

Talking Myself Home: My Life in Verses   John Murray, 2008

 

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