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with Andrew McMillan

The last thing that made you smile

Sitting on the settee last night with my boyfriend and our dog, watching trash on TV, drinking the second glass of wine I probably shouldn’t have poured.

A secret

I think The Carpenters are probably my favourite band.

The last thing you wrote

Apart from the answers to these questions, a date in my diary for some work next week—not all writing is ‘art’.

Your favourite city

I wouldn’t live anywhere else but Manchester, though occasional trips to San Francisco would be nice.

What you’d place in a time capsule

The feeling outside this morning, about 5am—the year is beginning to fall into Autumn and there’s a freshness and fizz in the air on mornings like that; I guess one of the symptoms of climate change will be losing our seasons, and it’d be nice for people to be able to remember them.

Andrew McMillan was born in South Yorkshire in 1988; his debut collection physical was the first ever poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award. The collection also won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, a Somerset Maugham Award (2016), an Eric Gregory Award (2016) and a Northern Writers’ award (2014). It was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Costa Poetry Award, The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2016, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Roehampton Poetry Prize and the Polari First Book Prize. It was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Autumn 2015. Most recently physical has been translated into Norwegian. He currently lectures in Creative Writing at MMU and lives in Manchester.