... 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.
Voices of the Earth has been an annual art and poetry course, encouraging serious creative play and cross-fertilisation of art forms underpinned by an awareness of the complexity of life on Earth.
Like other centres and facilities, the Woodbrooke Quaker study centre in Birmingham can't be open for onsite events. But we are keeping the culture of the course, and of the place, alive by taking Voices of the Earth online.
Instead of a week-long residential, 2020's Voices of the Earth was an interactive course spread flexibly over six weeks, using Moodle site as the equivalent of Woodbrooke's lovely art room, with forums and “creative exchange rooms”. 42 participants joined us this time - far more than possible on-site, did some extraordinary work and helped us learn a lot about online ways of working.
Watch out for the 2021 manifestation of the course, online – coming soon.
Tutors: Philip Gross is a poet, prose writer, and until 2017, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Wales. Zélie Gross is a Quaker writer and editor, with a background in making and teaching of visual arts. For both, collaboration is a source of fresh work and delight.
Great plans were afoot for readings from the new collection in Cardiff, Bristol, Brecon, Malvern, London, Chichester, the Wirral and the West of Cornwall. ... but the coronavirus crisis intervened. When the crisis has passed, I'll be keen to bring readings to somewhere near you, and in the meantime, to explore the ways of sharing work online.
In the meantime, do consider buying the book, preferably from your nearest independent bookshop or the publisher, to read in the weeks of social distancing and isolations. The poems think a good deal about closeness and distance.