Taking The P at Grosvenor East Building

Taking The P
Grosvenor East Building
5th June 2024

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Andrew McMillan

Join Professor Andrew McMillan as he discusses the intersections of masculinity, sexuality and the post-industrial north as they emerge and reconfigure themselves throughout his decade-wide body of work, from the Guardian First Book Award winning collection of poetry physical, to his recently published debut novel Pity, described by Ocean Vuong as ‘A deeply felt and rich enactment of love, loneliness and personal triumph that leaves an indelible mark on modern Queer life’.

Andrew McMillan was born in Barnsley in 1988. His debut collection of poetry, physical, was ‘the sort of once-in-a-generation debut that causes everyone to sit up and take notice’ according to Sarah Crown. physical was the only poetry book to ever win the Guardian First Book Award; it was also awarded a Somerset Maugham award, an Eric Gregory Award, the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and in 2019 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. A third collection, pandemonium, was published in 2021 and in 2022 he co-edited the acclaimed anthology 100 Queer Poems, which was shortlisted in the British Book Awards. He is professor of contemporary writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Pity was published by Canongate in early 2024, and is translated or forthcoming in Norwegian, Swedish, French, German and Slovak.

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