Manage episode 292778974 series 2927519
Andrew McMillan is a poet and lecturer in creative writing. His debut collection, physical, published in 2015, won a host of prizes and was the first poetry collection to win the Guardian First Book Award. Earlier this year, it was voted one of the top 25 poetry books of the past 25 years by the Booksellers Association. Growing up in Darfield, south Yorkshire, Andrew spent his early years looking to go into politics, but switched to poetry in his late teens. In this interview hear Andrew describe why he decided politics wasn't right for him, how he dealt with the merry-go-round of awards ceremonies when his first book took off, and the influence his dad Ian had on his career.