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Ian McMillan Bio 2021

Ian McMillan is a Barnsley-born writer and broadcaster who has been a poet, broadcaster, commentator and programme maker for over 30 years.

Currently he presents The Verb on BBC Radio 3 every Friday night. He also narrates The Yorkshire Dales and The Lakes (More4). 

As well as presenting The Verb every week, he’s a regular on BBC Breakfast, Coast, Countryfile, Pointless Celebrities, Pick of the Week, Last Word and BBC Proms.

He’s also been a castaway on Desert Island Discs.

Ian has written poems, plays, libretti, a verse autobiography ‘Talking Myself Home’ and a voyage round Yorkshire in ‘Neither Nowt Nor Summat’.

He is poet-in-residence for The Academy of Urbanism, Barnsley FC and now Barnsley’s Lockdown Poet. Previously, he was resident poet for English National Opera, UK Trade & Investment, Yorkshire TV’s Investigative Poet and Humberside Police’s Beat Poet. 

Ian has an honorary doctorate of Sheffield Hallam University, North Staffs Polytechnic, University Centre Barnsley - Huddersfield University and was Visiting Professor at Bolton University.

He watches Darfield and Yorkshire Cricket Clubs and the only time he played cricket, at Low Valley Juniors in 1963, Mrs Hudson told him to ‘take his balaclava off or she'd make him wear his mother's Rainmate’!

You can visit his website at

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