Ian McMillan is a writer and broadcaster who presents The Verb on BBC Radio 3 every Friday night. 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’s latest collection To Fold The Evening Star – New and Selected Poems (Carcanet) was published in 2016. He was recently awarded The Freedom of Barnsley.

Ian is poet-in-residence for The Academy of Urbanism, Barnsley FC and now Barnsley Poet Laureate. As well as presenting The Verb every week, he’s a regular on BBC Breakfast, Coast, Countryfile, Pointless Celebrities, Pick of the Week, Last Word and BBC Proms Plus. He’s 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.

At the moment, he’s writing songs for choirs with Luke Carver Goss, working on an opera about the 1918–19 influenza epidemic with composer Michael Betteridge and telling the stories of The Yorkshire Dales and The Lakes (More4). Cats make him sneeze.


Ian Dennis is a typographer and graphic designer. He was born in Barnsley and shares Ian M’s love of Barnsley FC. His dad was a Co-op butcher in Agnes Road, and as a teenager he watched a scene for Kes being filmed there.

His 1974 design of the NT logo for the National Theatre is still in use, and in 2011 it was voted number 10 in the Creative Review list of top logos of all time. The story is told in Mark Sinclair’s TM (Laurence King).

Ian and illustrator Jo Dennis work together in Reading at Indent.

He sings and plays guitar and harmonica with socialclub, an occasional band which includes two friends from schooldays in Barnsley. Dogs make him antsy.