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Passing it on

Philip Gross reading

With thirty years of appearances at festivals and at venues large and small, in the UK and as far afield as Estonia, South Africa and Australia, Philip's readings create a feeling not so much of a performance as a conversation. Contact Philip to ask about his availability and fee.

Festival appearances include: Bridport Festival; Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Hay Festival; Lancaster Literature Festival; Ledbury Festival; Manchester Children's Book Festival, Oxford Literary Festival; Poetry International, South Bank Centre; Poetry Now Dun Laoghaire; StAnza Festival, St Andrews; Torbay Festival; Transeuropa Festival, Amsterdam; Vale of Glamorgan Festival; Wenlock Festival; Poetry on the Move, Canberra.

Since the 1980s, Philip's creative workshops have been unlocking writing and imagination for people of all ages and at all academic levels, with techniques that cross the borders between art forms and between the arts and sciences.


As Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glamorgan / South Wales (2004-17) Philip Gross had chance to reflect on thirty years' experience of writing, teaching writing and collaboration.

Writing about writing

Recent competition judging: Cardiff International Poetry Competition, Eric Gregory Awards, Hippocrates Prize, Magma Poetry Competition, Manchester Writing for Children Prize 2014, Medicine Unboxed International Prize, Poetry Society's Stanza competition, New Welsh Review poetry prize, Yorkshire Open Poetry Competition.

Served as member of the Management Committee of the Society of Authors. Elected to the Council of the Society of Authors. Advisory Board, International Poetry Studies Institute, University of Canberra. Fellow of the English Association, and of the Welsh Academy.

Recipient of Cholmondeley Award 2017.

Philip Gross and Ben Okri at SoA 2017 Awards
Philip Gross with Ben Okri, SoA 2017 awards. Photo Adrian Pope