“The first time I saw a poetry collection by Ian McMillan it was four feet off the ground, winging across my classroom. It was 1988 and Ian, mid-peformance with Year 9, had just whipped out of his pocket a copy of his newly-published Selected Poems and hurled it into the corner as part of a ‘magic trick’ he was demonstrating. I was laughing so much that my stomach hurt but I remember thinking: ‘Oh, he’s written a book as well.’“ – from my piece on Ian’s marvellous To Fold an Evening Star: New & Selected Poems in the latest issue of The North, now in its thirtieth year. Great to have poems in there too, in such good company. Thanks to Peter and Ann Sansom.