BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival: The Verb: Englishness

Northern Rock Foundation Hall

A restricted number of tickets will be available on the day on a first come first served basis.

There are many kinds of Englishness, and Radio 3’s cabaret of the word, presented by Ian McMillan, invites you to hear musicians, poets and writers explore and interpret this ancient, rich and contested national identity. Ian’s guests include Cumbrian born Jacob Polley who has just won the T.S.Eliot Prize for his poetry collection Jackself, Newcastle comedian Rahul Kohli, and the BBC Slam winner of 2015 Scott Tyrrell, who explores the tribal distinctions that are often made between ‘Smoggies’, ‘Mackems’ and ‘Geordies’.

Ian McMillan is a poet, journalist and playwright who’s been styled “poet in residence at Barnsley football club” and who has worked as poet in residence at English National Opera. A frequent guest on television programmes and at literary festivals and stages around the UK, his books include a guide to Yorkshire dialect Collins Chelp and Chunter: How To Talk Tyke and his latest poetry book To Fold the Evening Star: New and Selected Poems.


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  • A restricted number of tickets will be available on the day on a first come first served basis.
  • Please take your seats 10 minutes prior to the event start time otherwise you may lose your place.


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