Matthew Parris hears how Ian McMillan discovered the life and work of Malcolm Lowry, author of Under the Volcano. Bryan Biggs joins them to profile Lowry's remarkable life.
Matthew Parris meets the poet Ian McMillan to find out about the life of his literary hero Malcolm Lowry.
Ian first discovered this twentieth century writer's work as a young sixth former searching for literary inspiration. He stumbled by chance upon the writer's most famous novel, Under the Volcano, and Lowry's lyrical lines have remained with Ian ever since.
Joining Matthew and Ian to discuss the life of this Merseyside writer is the artistic director of Liverpool's Bluecoat Theatre, Bryan Biggs. Together, they discuss the biography of this complex and intense man, a life that was full of sea-voyaging, shack-dwelling and heavy drinking.
Producer: Camellia Sinclair