Andrew McMillan

One of Val McDermid’s selected writers for the International Literature Showcase


“He explores marginal lives and masculinity as well as his own lived experience as a gay man from the North of England.”

Val McDermid

Manchester poet exploring the intersections of Masculinity, Sexuality and Violence

Andrew McMillan’s first collection, physical, was the first poetry collection to win the Guardian First Book Award; it also won a Somerset Maugham Award, an Eric Gregory Award, a Northern Writers’ Award and the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. In 2019 it was voted as one of the top 25 poetry books of the past 25 years by the Booksellers Association. His second collection, playtime, won the inaugural Polari Prize. He is a senior lecturer at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. pandemonium, his third collection, was published in May 2021.

Listen to Andrew’s interview with The Guardian

“the sort of once-in-a-generation debut that causes everyone to sit up and take notice” Sarah Crown, on physical, in The Guardian ​

“Vivid, accessible and honest, sometimes uncomfortably so” Alan Bennet, the London Review of Books

“Andrew McMillan’s second collection, playtime, is every bit as impressive as his first, physical… He seems attuned to the world around him and he has a sly sense of humour at his command. He is more than promising now.” Paul Bailey, Literary Review

“An unobstructed exploration of an important subject. McMillan is writing not only see-through but see-beyond poetry.” Kate Kellaway, The Observer

“Andrew McMillan’s award-winning debut collection, physical, a raw and tender exploration of gay love and desire, heralded him as a new force in contemporary poetry. This, his second book, only cements that reputation… these poems are insightful, revealing, honest and brutally tender.” attitude

Top image copyright Fabrice Gagos. Thumbnail image credit Urszula Soltys

A real honour that Val has chosen me as one of this year’s representatives; I’m excited to take my work, and the work of so many great new queer poets, out to a wider audience.



Full Collections:

  • 2021 – pandemonium, Jonathan Cape
  • 2018 – playtime, Jonathan Cape
  • 2015 – physical, Jonathan Cape


  • 2013 – protest of the physical, Red Squirrel Press
  • 2011 – the moon is a supporting player, Red Squirrel Press
  • 2009 – every salt advance, Red Squirrel Press

Contact Andrew


Twitter: @andrewpoetry


Chris Wellbelove, Aitken Alexander


Jonathan Cape, publicist Mia Quibell-Smith