A full online version of major international anthology for the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, Divining Dante, is now visible online, thanks to Recent Work press – three poems each, one for each book of the Divine Comedy, by poets from Italy, the UK, Ireland, USA, Australia, Singapore and India..
My contributions, The Lucifer Event, The Shores of Purgatory and The Shadows of Paradise are on pp.47-50
I'm glad to be working with the admirable Café Writers on their poetry competition 2021. Go to their site https://www.cafewriters.co.uk/home/poetry-competition/ for full details, including their offer of one free entry for a household on low income.
As judge, I'm likely to respond to poems that, whatever their subject or opinions or personal emotions, are vividly, organically, unarguably themselves.
... pooling our voices of care and concern in advance of COP26
Friday 25 October, 19.00 UK time.
Just a glimpse of Valerie Coffin Price's elegant and eloquent 'setting' of my poem adding a point of personal memory and value to a map of the Brecon Beacons, as part of the ambitious wide-ranging Outposted project, "bringing together a wide range of professional and emerging writers, artists, performers and makers, from various locations across the UK, to work in our collective solitude and create art that aims to be compelling, relevant and high quality in content and execution".
Philip Gross will be hosting a Zoom poetry workshop session at 11am and a Zoom reading session at 5pm on July 3rd with Chichester Quakers as part of the Festival of Chichester.
The workshop is for up to 15 participants priced £15. Participants from the workshop can also join the evening reading session free. Alternatively, people can just attend the evening session for £10, which is open to all. All the proceeds from the events will go to his chosen charity 'Earthwatch'
Philip will read from his recent books including 'Between the Islands'. For more details, see https://festivalofchichester.co.uk/event/words-and-silence-poetry-with-philip-gross/
or phone Chichester Box Office at the Novium 01243 816525 to book.
Friday 7th May at 6 pm
The Stay At Home Literary Festival brings together Philip Gross, Jane Clarke and Heidi Williamson, whose recent poetry collections span Scotland, Ireland, England and Estonia. Each shares a powerful sense of their formative landscapes; whether farmland, forest, mountains, estuaries, rivers or beyond. In poems that consider the impact of loss – of friends and friendships, parents, or a communal event of the most traumatic kind – these collections foster sympathy and strength. The poets will read from their own work, and also from each other’s, creating a unique conversation about memory and resonance in the landscape.
Saturday April 17 12:30-1:30
TROEON : TURNINGS: Philip Gross, Valerie Coffin Price, Cyril Jones
Film poems and live poetry readings in Welsh and English, artwork on screen.
Based on the new book: Troeon : Turnings is a creative conversation, in Welsh and English, between two renowned poets, Philip Gross and Cyril Jones interwoven with cover and text designs by fine artist Valerie Coffin Price. Various rivers run through this work: amongst them, in Gross’s case, the Taff and the Severn in south Wales, and in Jones’s the Arth and the Glasffrwd in west Wales. Authors and artist in discussion and we present both live reading, images and short films based on the work.
Free but ticketed.
TROEON : TURNINGS
Valerie Coffin Price
Publication Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021
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.
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.
My thanks to the quiet thoughtful online space of One Hand Clapping journal for a chance to share this encounter with the history of Estonia, and of part of my family – from a collection-to-be of poems and prose poems dealing with the spirit of Estonia and, in particular, of vaikus, one of several Estonian words for silence.