Podcast: Words on Water with Ian Mcmillan

Amble beside the Calder & Hebble with the ‘Bard of Barnsley’ as he shares a poem or two and talks of his love of Britain’s waterways

Canal & River Trust


In 2016, Ian Mcmillan – poet and presenter of BBC Radio 3’s The Verb – was commissioned to create a poem, Words on Water, celebrating the first three years of work on the Canal & River Trust’s North East Waterway Partnership. A year later, we met up with Ian for a towpath stroll alongside a scenic stretch of the Calder & Hebble Canal in Mirfield, West Yorkshire. Press play to hear Ian talk about his special bond with our historic waterways, to hear a few verses and to learn more about the role that local communities are playing in improving the towpath courtesy of Trust volunteer Hilary Brook.

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