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Ian McMillan


Close-up black and white photo of a man's head as he looks up to the camera and smiles slightly Ian McMillan, by Andy Boag, February 2008, NPG x132384, © Andy Boag / National Portrait Gallery, London

Poet, journalist and broadcaster. Collections include The Very Best of Ian McMillan, Tall in the Saddle and Now it Can be Told. McMillan is the presenter of Radio 3’s spoken word programme, The Verb.

Yes, I guess
you are right.
Any facts will do.

From ‘Just the Facts, Just the’ in Selected Poems (Manchester: Carcanet, 1987)

Now then, fatha, how’s your Bill?
He jumped under a bus
on Spital Hill.

From ‘Poem Occasioned by the High Incidence of Suicide amongst the Unemployed’ in Dad, the Donkey’s on Fire (Manchester: Carcanet, 1994)

Watch a short video interview with Ian MacMillan