Stories

Explaining Men

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Photograph of a man dressed in black trousers and t-shirt, sitting on the pavement against a concrete wall containing large glass windows.
Andrew McMillan. © Urszula Sotlys.

What is a man? How should he look? How should he talk and behave? Many of the mental-health problems which men face come from a struggle to embody some kind of archetypal masculine ideal, often presented through various media. Poet Andrew McMillan presents a series of essays which examine the gap between the masculine ideal and the real person. Surprising, troubling, and uplifting, these wide-ranging stories explore issues from body image and trans identity, to fatherhood and race.

About the editor

Photograph of Andrew McMillan

Andrew McMillan

@AndrewPoetry

Andrew McMillan was born in South Yorkshire in 1988. His two collections of poetry are the multi-award winning ‘physical’ and, most recently, ‘playtime’, both published by Jonathan Cape. He is a senior lecturer in creative writing in the Writing School at Manchester Met and is the guest editor of the ‘Explaining Men’ story series.