With John Eaves, F.J.Kennedy — A Cast of Stones
poet ● novelist ● arts collaborator ● teacher
One of the most versatile cross-arts collaborators in poetry today, working with artists, musicians, dancers, film makers and puppeteers, as well as other writers. Philip sees collaboration not as the opposite of the individual creative voice but as a way to find and deepen it.
With Lesley Saunders — A Part of the Main
With Cyril Jones and Valerie Coffin Price &mdasn; Troeon: Turnings
To turn, to dig, to plough, to upset, to translate… Bend, lap, journey, time... The Welsh word troeon unfolds meaning after meaning. In TROEON : TURNINGS, two poets confident in their own traditions meet in the hinterland between translation and collaboration — Cyril Jones from the disciplines of Welsh cynghanedd, Philip Gross from the restless variety of English verse.
Rather than lamenting the impossibility of reproducing any language’s unique knots of form and content in translation, they trust each other to explore the energies released.
In the cloud chamber, atoms tear, spin, split, translate the past and future into spirals, spun silk, sheer release, the heart of the matter.
In the same spirit, Valerie Coffin Price plays an equal part with striking letterpress designs that surprise the language of both writers into new awareness of its possibilities.
With visual arts
With Valerie Coffin Price — A Fold in the River with exhibitions, talks
With Simon Denison — I Spy Pinhole Eye Winner of the Wales Book of the Year award 2010
Jeremy Tankard, typography — Caves of Making [poetry and prose essay (Newmarket: Professional & Higher, 2013) 9781907076749
‘Caves of Making offers the textual equivalent of a creative festival, bringing together the work of three remarkable creatives. Philip Gross provides a poem, “Cave diver in the deep reach”, and an extended commentary on how the poem was written. These are followed by contributions from typographer Jeremy Tankard, whose unique “Redisturbed” typeface is used throughout the book, and artist Rika Newcombe.’
With Peter Reddick — The Abstract Garden
Nature Studies — Poems specially written for this fine limited edition, with wood engravings by Ros Cuthbert
Coniunctio: A Spell — with pochoir illustrations by Vance Gerry
Collaborations with writers
The Air Mines of Mistila, with Sylvia Kantaris —
A Poetry Book Society Choice
A Game of Consequences Philip initiated a chain-letter of poems exploring nuclear anxiety 1984-85 — many poets including Peter Redgrove, UA Fanthorpe, Penelope Shuttle... — full version finally published in Envoi magazine, Issue 111, 1995, pages 54-74.
For several new collaborations with other writers — sometimes across continents or languages — look on the What's New page [LINK TO COME]
The King in the Car Park: cantata with music by Benjamin Frank Vaughan for children's choirs from Leicester and Leicestershire schools, part of the Leicester Cathedral's schools' singing programme DioSing! in collaboration with the Richard lll Project. Premiere: 30.06.2015, Leicester Cathedral
“The King in the Car Park comprises nine movements in a variety of musical styles as diverse as jazz, musical theatre and folk. Telling the story of Richard III's life, death in battle and recent rediscovery, culminating in the finale ‘Coming Home’. The music has been written by up-and-coming Welsh composer Benjamin Vaughan who studied composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the libretto by poet and Creative Writing professor Philip Gross. The piece was performed for the first time by 300 primary school children from schools across Leicester and Leicestershire who worked with DioSing! Choral Directors during the academic year alongside Leicester Cathedral choristers, Loughborough Children's Choir, a counter tenor soloist, and a live band including piano, flute, clarinet, double bass, a variety of medieval instruments and the Leicester Cathedral organ.”
Our Home Addresses: commissioned text set by Benjamin Frank Vaughan for the inauguration of Rowan Williams as Chancellor of the University of South Wales, 2014.
Vocable, by Gareth Peredur Churchill, to text by Philip Gross, with Resonabilis ensemble and Siân Cameron, St Donats Arts Centre and Fonmon Castle 2010
Snail Dreaming — with Glyn Evans and the Britten Sinfonietta (staged Cambridge,1997)
The Mozart Bug — with composer Glyn Evans (staged Bath Festival, 1995)
With Vanilla Allsorts — During the 1990s, Philip performed with the improvisatory jazz-based group with John Eaves, Ralf Dorrell and Miranda Bowri, culminating in the performance A Game Of Henge — published with paintings by John Eaves and F.J. Kennedy as A Cast Of Stones (Digging Deeper, 1996).
Collaborations with theatre
Dance drama Dancing the Knife, Medea Mahdavi Dance Company, with text and poetry by Philip Gross. Brewery Theatre, Bristol. 15-19.11.11
With puppet theatre Performance / adaptation of text The Old Wife's Tale in Triptych, by Wattle and Daub Figure Theatre, first production Plymouth Barbican Theatre, 2009.
Stage play Rising Star performed by Show of Strength, Bristol, 1996.
Room Inside commissioned video (Fox Create and Broadway Media Centre Nottingham, with Arts Council England) for National Poetry Day 2010
Works for Radio
Sentence First, Verdict Afterwards — short story. Producer: Christine Hall broadcast on BBC Radio 4; 9 June 2005
Touching Estonia — a radio-poem/documentary. Producer: Tim Dee, broadcast on BBC Radio 3; 21 February 2002
In Deep — short story. Producer: Sara Davies, broadcast on BBC Radio 4; 19 September 2002
Enough Said — short story. Producer: Sara Davies, broadcast on BBC Radio 4; 5 June 1993
Internal Affairs— won the BBC West of England Playwriting Competition, 1986