Andrew McMillan’s debut collection, physical, was the first poetry collection to ever win the Guardian First Book Award. His second collection, playtime, was a Poetry Book Society recommendation for Autumn 2018 and won the 2019 Polari Prize. He is senior lecturer in the Manchester Writing School, at Manchester Metropolitan University.
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‘In his suit, with his pigtail and his montera, he was pure potential: he could be masculine vanquisher or gold-embroidered fairy. He was both, actually, at all times, and nobody who came to see him fight thought any less of him for it.’