Andrew McMillan

Andrew McMillan was born in Barnsley in 1988 and lived there until he crossed the Pennine divide to study English Literature at Lancaster University. His work has been published in journals such as 'The London Magazine', 'The North', 'The Reader' and 'Pomegranate'. His debut pamphlet, 'every salt advance', was published by Red Squirrel Press in October 2009. A second pamphlet from Red Squirrel Press, 'The Moon is a Supporting Player', was published 2011. Andrew has been apprentice poet-in-residence for Ilkley Literature Festival, and works as a freelance writer and copywriter. He is inspired by the everyday, the unpoetic, the mundane; he felt that his residency with the Watershed Landscape project provided a great chance to reconnect people with the landscape and explore the positive connections people can have with the South Pennine watershed.

During his residency Andrew was supported by the Elmet Trust to spend two weeks living in Ted Hughes’ boyhood home in Mytholmroyd from which he has been able to explore the local landscape and become part of it himself. During his stay Andrew invited a motley crew of eight local poets from each side of the watershed to spend a day exploring the theme of landscape and borders, the resulting poems written in a single day were performed at ‘Crossing Borders’ in Hebden Bridge Library. He also worked with schools, writers groups and youth groups to help the story of the landscape come alive.