Ian McMillan is poet-in-residence for The Academy of Urbanism and Barnsley FC. He presents The Verb every week on BBC R3 and he is a regular on BBC Breakfast, Coast, Pick of the Week, You & Yours, Last Word and The Arts Show. 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. His collections with Carcanet include The Changing Problem (1980), Now It Can Be Told (1983) and Dad, the Donkey’s On Fire (1994). His Selected Poems was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. The Tale of Walter the Pencil Man (Smokestack, 2014) is a collaboration with cartoonist Tony Husband which tells the story of a young Yorkshire lad caught up in the terrible slaughter of the First World War.