Yet he has stayed close to his roots and still lives in Barnsley, where he was born in 1956.
With down-to- earth warmth and charm, his latest book tells his life story in poems.
Hilarious memories blend with acute observations from his formation of Barnsley’s first folk-rock band to a stint working in a tennis-ball factory and coming to terms with his parents’ deaths.
Proud of his northern heritage, he tells the story of a place where coal-pits once dominated by the skyline. All gone now.
His poems are testaments to the imaginative delights of words. Poetry can sometimes seem pompous – McMillan’s stuff is easy to grasp, a sheer delight to read.