BBC Children in Need 2020 Appeal (+ jukebox)

Here I am on BBC Breakfast News reviewing our amazing 2020 Appeal with Charlie and Naga. It’s worth a watch!

Rosie Millard

Rosie Millard OBE is a journalist and writer. Since 2018 she has been Chair of BBC Children in Need, the BBC’s charity which every year helps bring happiness and transform outcomes for over 600,000 children and young people across the UK.

Rosie is also the Chair of Firstsite’s Board of Trustees. Firstsite is a contemporary art space in Colchester, Essex which embraces the transformative power of art to empower more people from all backgrounds to be creative together and lead healthier and happier lives. Firstsite forms part of The Arts Council England (ACE) National Portfolio. 

From 2014-2018 Rosie Millard was the Chair of Hull City of Culture 2017, a £32.5 million programme. Darren Henley, CEO of  the Arts Council of England called Hull’s year an “unmitigated, rip-roaring, awe-inspiring, life-enhancing success.” City of Culture had a transformative effect on the Yorkshire city, achieving 90% engagement amongst its citizens, involving every single one of its 55,000 children and bringing in millions of tourists. Rosie still champions the North of England; she is a patron of Hull Truck theatre and Deputy Chair of Opera North, which brings opera to communities and audiences largely (but not exclusively) across the North of England.

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Philip Larkin Society

I’ve been invited to be an Honorary Vice President of the Philip Larkin Society, which is a huge honour. I’ll be joining an august band of PL admirers including Grayson Perry, Andrew Motion, Tom Courtenay and my old tutor at Hull University, Professor James Booth. It’s a very exciting time as the PLS is aiming to become a more substantial literary society, and I am so thrilled to help it achieve this ambition. It’s a very meaningful invitation and I am looking forward hugely to understanding more about this enigmatic poet for whom the remote and unique city of Hull was both muse and escape.

Giving up on the Dream – combating the myths of ‘making it’ in the arts

This is my 3 part series for the One to One slot on Radio 4. It tries to look beyond the myth peddled by most arts journalists, Disney films and well meaning people which is that making it in the creative industries depends on determination and courage. That talent will out. Try try try again, and you will prevail. Not so, i think.

This first interview is with Debbie Bayne, who has been writing for a long time and who has yet to publish a novel. As she says, it’s not the quality of her writing but just the fact that being published depends a lot on luck.

Episode two features opera singer Patrick Egersborg discussing success and failure.

In episode three amateur actor Ben Hopwood talks about ‘living the dream’ on his own terms.

Hull City of Culture

guardian“Hull’s year as UK city of culture has been described as a “rip-roaring, awe-inspiring success” by Arts Council England, and organisers and civic leaders have promised to build on its legacy in 2018. The port city in east Yorkshire was the UK’s second city of culture, after Derry became the first in 2013. Hull’s tenure has been widely praised and is estimated to have provided an economic boost worth more than the bid’s forecast of £60m.”


arts“One of the most memorable days I’ve spent so far in my time as chief executive of Arts Council England happened in Hull back in July. Wearing my blue, purple and pink uniform,  I became a Hull UK City of Culture 2017 volunteer for the day, joining hundreds of people from Hull who have given up their time over the past twelve months in the name of art and culture.”

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!


Low level anxiety



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.




Just listen to this programme. Sean O’Brien on Radio 4, explaining about why the Humber inspires poetry, his and others.