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Ian McMillan

Ian McMillan
Ian McMillan is Barnsley FC's poet-in-residence, Humberside Police's Beat Poet and Yorkshire TV's Investigative Poet.

He is a Royal Literary Fund Associate Fellow at Northern College Barnsley, Rotherham College & South Yorkshire WEA and an honorary doctor of both Sheffield Hallam University & North Staffs Polytechnic.

Ian hosts hit weekly show The Verb on BBC Radio 3, dedicated to investigating spoken words around the globe.

Ian's afternoon play East Coast Girls Are Hip airs 29 December 2005.

He's a regular guest on The Mark Radcliffe Show, You & Yours, The Message and 5 Live. Other recent radio includes comedy series Street and Lane, written with Dave Sheasby, the poetry of invention in Engineer's Corner, in praise of poet Attila the Stockbroker in Giving It Lip, and four Adverb Proms introductions.

He's the 22nd Most Powerful Person in Radio. It said so in The Radio Times (11.06.05). He was BBC Radio 4 Today Programme's 2005 Election Laureate and is a regular roving contributor to the programme. And he's C5 News' Poet.

Ian is a regular guest on BBC2's Newsnight Review and The Culture Show. He occasionally partners Paul Merton on Have I Got News For You?

Ian has written three plays in 2005 - Sister Josephine Kicks The Habit, based on songs by Jake Thackray, The Tale of Pretty Deadly for Chol Theatre and In The Footsteps of Samuel Butler about a Georgian touring company, for Full Body and The Voice.

Ian McMillan was nominated in 2005 for the University of Oxford's Chair of Professor of Poetry.

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