Ian McMillan was born in 1956 and has been a freelance writer, performer and broadcaster since 1981. He writes poems and his New and Selected Poems will be published by Carcanet Press in summer 2016; his memoir Neither Nowt Nor Summat: In Search Of The Meaning of Yorkshire, came out in 2015 from Ebury Press. He has worked widely on radio and television and currently presents The Verb, Radio 3’s Cabaret of the Word. He also makes programmes for BBC Radio 4 and is an occasional presenter on BBC TV’s Coast and newspaper reviewer on BBC Breakfast. He has been involved in community writing for many years and is very keen on collaboration between art forms with writing at the heart of the interaction. He has been a member of the New Writing North board since 2015.