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Philip Gross and Kim Moore reading in Armagh, Tuesday 24th July

... at the John Hewitt Society International Summer School.

Look here for details of this reading and a host of other fine things happening in that week:



Voices Of The Earth – poetry and art (last minute places still available)

... exploring the intimate relationship between the natural world and spirituality through creative responses in writing and artwork, at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Brirmingham... with the help of Woodbrooke's peaceful gardens.

This year will have guest input from Australian poet-artist-academic  Sarah Rice, as well as the usual practical prompts and support with your writing and art from Philip and Zélie Gross.

Course begins Monday 30th July 2018 6:15 pm - ends Friday 3rd August 2018 2:00 pm

Poetry School with Philip Gross in Hereford

Poetry School seminars are intimate workshops led by some of our best working poets. These groups have helped many writers around the UK become part of their local poetry communities and to develop their work through long-term guidance. In these seminars, a small group of participants meet on a monthly basis to workshop poems-in-progress, discuss contemporary poetry and develop new skills and confidence in their writing, all under the direction and guidance of a published tutor.

This  group will meet at The Courtyard in Hereford on (generally) the first Tuesday of the month, with classes taking place 17:45 – 20:15 and running from October 2018 to May 2019. This will be a small and supportive group, with a maximum of 8 students, and will be led by the award-winning poet Philip Gross. Places for the year cost £240 full price, with concessions available of £228 for those over 60, or £192 for those in receipt of state benefits (such as PIP or JSA), and the balance can also be paid in instalments.

Entry into this group is by application only, so if you would like to join please get in touch with the Poetry School admin team on and they will be able to guide you through the process.

Dark Sky Park – just published, and reviewed

Brand new collection of poems for children and adults alike,

with one foot in real science, one in wild imagination – my words doing a dance with Jesse Hodgson's deft and vivid illustrations

- published by Otter-Barry Books, 5th July 2018:

And here's Alison Kelly's generous thoughtful review from the Schoolzone section of :


Journeys with Haiku (with Lynne Rees and Philip Gross)

A weekend of calm alertness and serious creative play at Ty Newydd Writing Centre, North Wales, Fri 13 Jul - Sun 15 Jul 2018 - tutors / Lynne Rees & Philip Gross

.... already a good memory, with not just haiku but all kinds of testing of the edges of that form, with expansions and contractions, haibun prose, several lovely fluid rengas and a challenge to offend against as many of the conventions as we dared...

Tŷ Newydd is located in the village of Llanystumdwy, between the towns of Cricieth and Pwllheli on the southern coast of the Llŷn Peninsula in North Wales. Reflective moment caught by Lynne Rees, of part of the group just where the river Dwyfor meets the sea.

the width of the world    /    is measured by the oystercatchers’ wheep

its centre, always    /    shifting, by the plop of sea trout    /    coming up for flies

Poetry Showcase in Penarth, July 8th.

Philip Gross was reading at a Poetry Showcase - the final event of the Penarth Literature Festival - at Waterloo Tea, Penarth on Sunday 8th July  - alongside Fiona Moore and Helena Nelson, with songs from Kevin Brennan. A tasty layer-cake of wit, deep feeling, life experience, extreme science and the goodwill of a warm (very warm) responsive audience... Thanks to Mel Griffin and team from Griffin Books for enabling all this, and Stephen Payne for genial generous hosting.