Ian McMillan is a writer and broadcaster who presents The Verb on BBC Radio 3. He’s written poems, plays, a verse autobiography – Talking Myself Home – and a voyage round Yorkshire in Neither Nowt Nor Summat.
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. Ian is poet-in-residence for The Academy of Urbanism, Barnsley FC and now Barnsley Poet Laureate. He’s a regular on BBC Breakfast, Coast, Countryfile, Pointless Celebrities, Pick of the Week, Last Word and BBC Proms Plus, and has been a castaway on Desert Island Discs. Previously,
he was resident poet for English National Opera, UK Trade &
Investment, Yorkshire TV’s Investigative Poet and Humberside Police’s
Beat Poet. Cats make him sneeze.
For Mahogany Opera: The Magical Music Tree.