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

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Manchester poet exploring the intersections of Masculinity, Sexuality and Violence

Andrew McMillan’s debut collection was the multi-award winning physical (Guardian First Book Award, Eric Gregory Award, Somerset Maugham Award, Fenton Aldeburgh Prize, Northern Writers’ Award.) It’s shortlistings included the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Costa Poetry Award, The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2016 and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. physical has been translated into Norwegian (Aschehoug, 2017), French, (Grasset, 2018) and Galician (A Chan da Polvora, 2019). His second collection is playtime; it was a PBS Recommendation for Autumn 2018, Poetry Book of the Month in both The Observer and The Telegraph and a Poetry Book of the Year in The Sunday Times.

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

“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.” – Andrew

Top image copyright Fabrice Gagos. Thumbnail image credit Urszula Soltys


Full Collections:

  • 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