Litfest'22 | My Sand Life, My Pebble Life A memoir of a childhood and the sea, Ian McMillan

Ian McMillan is a poet, journalist, playwright and broadcaster who Times Education Supplement dubbed ‘the Shirley Bassey of performance poetry’. He’s been a castaway on Desert Island Discs, poet in residence for The Academy of Urbanism, Barnsley FC & Lockdown Poet and resident poet at English National Opera. He presents The Verb on BBC Radio 3 and has appeared on Coast, BBC Breakfast, Pick of the Week and Last Word.
My Sand Life, My Pebble Life takes readers to sunny days on the beach, legendary games of cricket, thermoses of tea, crumbly cake and tiny caravans. The holiday cottages that live on forever, buckets of shells, a broken fishing net, with the tide out, way out…
Ian recalls his days by the sea, from Cleethorpes & Scarborough to Northumberland & Blackpool & the Isle of Skye. He walks barefoot to see the sun rise; he is attacked by seagulls, midges, and wasps; he eats a lot of fish & chips; he nearly avoids a frisbee; he searches for jazz. In writing peppered with poetry, Ian tries to work out how those journeys shaped the grand old dad that he’s become today.

‘everyone’s favourite Yorkshire wordsmith’ York Literature Festival
'world-class - one of today’s greatest poetry performers' Carol Ann Duffy
‘inching towards the status of a National Treasure’ Andy Kershaw
‘we can never have too much of Ian!’ Trisha Cooper, BBC Yorkshire
‘scintillating, fantastic fun, generous, brilliant, wonderful’ Lavenham Literary Festival
'an inspiring figure, an encouraging & democratic spirit, a strong & popular poet and one of the funniest people in Britain’ Poetry News
‘If there's a more engaging presence on the radio than Barnsley poet Ian McMillan and a more entertaining show than Radio 3's The Verb then I don't know it’ Stuart Maconie, Radio Times
'I knew he was good, but he’s even better' Wirral Festival of Firsts
'a bewitching personality' The Guardian

Fri 8th July at 18.30
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