Poet in lockdown

Experience Barnsley

Stepping in for our current Poet Laurette, Eloise Unerman, who works for the NHS Barnsley’s own Ian McMillan will be temporarily taking over as‘Poet in Lockdown’


Over the forthcoming weeks he will be creating a series of sonnets in response to the Covid 19 crisis – documenting developments and the impact they have on individuals, communities and the world.


His work, which will be shared through the Barnsley Museums digital channels over the Easter bank holiday weekend (Friday 10 and Monday 13 April) and then every Tuesday and Thursday evening, are reflections of his own feelings and thoughts as he tries to make sense of what is happening around us

Linking back to history it offers a time for contemplation as well as inspiring feelings of hope for the future.


The work links to the Hear My Voice Programme which encourages expression through poetry and spoken word. Ian’s work may inspire you to pick up a pen and capture some of your own ideas on the current situation down on paper.


Poet in Lockdown is one part of Barnsley Museums thought provoking and innovative digital programme that will keep people entertained while at home.