Rosie Millard

I’m a journalist and author,  Chair of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and I am also the Deputy CEO for the Creative Industries Federation which is the independent national body for the arts and creative industries.   Read More…

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What a year!

 

The Brazilian- saucy rather than erotic

My second novel The Brazilian is out on June 13th – contrary to sales teams across the country who apparently were seeking for an Over 18 banner for it,  this is NOT erotic fiction, but a ‘saucy’ tale (according to Tom Chalmers, the boss of my lovely publisher Legend) which is going on the tables at WH Smith, not Ann Summers – and hopefully one which will make you laugh this summer.  A seasonal romp involving reality TV,  Lego crazy kids and a football star it takes the stars of The Square and puts them on the island of Ibiza for a summer holiday. Enjoy!

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Low level anxiety

 

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This is my new novel. The question is, is this cover simply too RUDE? My lovely agent and publishers fall about when they look at it and reassure me that people will just love to pick it up in a bookshop, and WH Smith is putting it ON ITS SUMMER DISPLAY this year so…maybe not. Very much hope my parents don’t see it. Of course I’ll be inviting them to the launch so that’s going to be tricky…anyway you could always buy it on Kindle, I guess. Anyway its very FUNNY so I hope anyone who does put it in their summer suitcase this year for the beach, enjoys it.

Waterlogged

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Just listen to this programme. Sean O’Brien on Radio 4, explaining about why the Humber inspires poetry, his and others.  http://bbc.in/2iKGhDy

 

Here’s what we think of the grumblers

Martin and me on Radio Humberside, New Year’s Day

Here’s our view on some tired hacks who tried to criticise people for, er, carousing in the streets of Hull over NEW YEAR, as expressed on the Breakfast Show on Radio Humberside. Fun, eh?!

This picture is of a seal in the Humber. wild-eyed-seal

Hull now incredibly up itself

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Hilarious from the Daily Mash. Pitch Perfect. Thanks to C of C Trustee Sameera Anwar West for spotting!

BECOMING the UK’s City of Culture has caused everyone in Hull to become a snooty intellectual, it has emerged.  Residents of the northern city are immersing themselves in highbrow literature, classical music and theatre while feeling smug and superior about it.

 Teenager Wayne Hayes said: “I used to drive around playing happy hardcore in my modified Nissan Micra, but I’ve started putting on Mahler symphonies and tutting at people in tracksuits. “Tonight I’m hanging round the park with my mates but instead of drinking cider until we puke, we’re putting on a challenging interpretation of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Builder Roy Hobbs said: “I was in Wetherspoons for the poetry recital and it was so packed I missed half The Wasteland while I was ordering a bottle of Merlot. The Arts Council really should do something.

“Hopefully it’ll be quieter at the weekend when me and the lads try the Heston Blumenthal tasting menu before going on to the multiplex for the Truffaut retrospective.”

Mum-of-two Donna Sheridan said: “I can’t get the kids off their easels ever since they discovered impressionist painting, so the Playstation 4 was a total waste of money.

“I’ve made a rule that they can have two hours of discussing the plays of David Mamet every night then it’s off to bed.”

 

The Today programme from Hull on the eve of 2017

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To hear me, Chris Hees and Alan Johnson MP chatting to Mishal Husain go to 8.52 am. Whole programme is great however! Hull is the first city to ever ‘guest edit’ a seasonal edition of the Today programme. WP_20150713_003

My postcard from Hull

 

Why abandoning History of Art is a crime

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Gary Kemp, me, Jeremy Deller in front of Deller’s work at the British Pavilion. Deller’s entire show used analysis of history of art esp W.Morris

Imagine being told you will never be given the chance to study the works of Charles Dickens at school. Because learning about Victorian literature is ‘soft’, overtly ‘specialist’ and not relevant. Actually, not just Victorian literature. Read More…