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Two great shows for the price of one! Book for a double bill, with a performance by Ian McMillan followed by Lucy Holden interviewed by Tom Taylor of Teesside’s Comedy Club.

At either side of the generational divide, two authors try to understand the experiences that have made them what they are today.

7pm – 8.15pm
Journalist, playwright, “the Shirley Bassey of performance poetry” and BBC Radio 3 broadcaster Ian McMillan recalls his days by the sea, from Cleethorpes & Scarborough to Northumberland & Blackpool. He walks barefoot to see the sun rise; he is attacked by seagulls, midges, and wasps; he eats a lot of fish & chips; he nearly avoids a frisbee; he searches for jazz. In writing peppered with poetry, Ian tries to work out how those journeys shaped the grand old dad that he’s become today.

8.45pm – 9.30pm
Meanwhile, after a wild decade of hedonistic city life, freelance journalist, amateur stand-up comedian and ‘voice of a generation’ Lucy Holden is thrown back down the ladder to her parents’ house in a pandemic which paused the parties and forced her to ask herself how she’d become who she’d become? Grown-up, broken-down, completely lost, then locked-in, her raw and hilarious memoir addresses what it means to be young in today’s society – and where we can go from here.

Copies of My Sand Life, My Pebble Life and Lucid can be purchased from our official festival bookseller DRAKE the Bookshop.

  • About My Sand Life, My Pebble Life:

    In this nostalgic collection of reminiscences (with the odd poem thrown in) journey with Ian as he walks barefoot to the sea to see the sun rise. He is attacked by seagulls, and midges, and wasps. He eats a lot of fish and chips and it’s always the best yet. He nearly avoids a frisbee. He searches for jazz in Scarborough. He walks. He even tries to run. But mostly he savours the sea and our seaside moments and our seaside dreams.

    If you want a shot of salty sea air, a tussle with a seagull and the congenial companionship of someone described as ‘relentlessly jolly’ (TheGuardian), this will be a joyous and moving read.

  • About Lucid:

    In this raw, hilarious and often emotional memoir about a young woman asking herself how long she has until her act cracks completely, the mental health of a fast-paced world that never sits still is called into question. With charm and wit, Lucid addresses what it means to be young in today’s society – and where we can go from here.