Philip Gross Readings
'Moving from island to island, continent to continent, Between the Islands is concerned with memories, with resonances throughout time, but also with emergent dangers; ecological fears and the rising islands of refuse accumulating in our oceans.' - Poetry Book Society Bulletin, Spring 2020
Friday 7 May 2021, 6pm, The Stay-at-Home Literary Festival - via Zoom
Solace in Sound – Three Bloodaxe Poets Explore the Landscape of Grief
Join a trio of Bloodaxe poets 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.
With Heidi Williamson, Jane Clarke and Philip Gross. They were reading from their recent collections Return by Minor Road, When the Tree Falls and Between the Islands, and read poems by each other to start and end their own readings. The start of the video below has been cut off - Philip was in the middle of reading 'The Fisherman' from Jane's debut collection The River.
Philip Gross reads from Between the Islands
'...this is at root a meditative collection, haunted and haunting. It often sounds edgily relevant and contemporary - the Somerset Levels, “chafed by long drainage”, waiting “for the sea to return, to be healed”. - Sheenagh Pugh [on Between the Islands]
The full review is on Sheenagh Pugh's Livejournal blog here.
Philip Gross was a guest on Radio 3’s The Verb on 5 July 2019, along with fellow Bloodaxe poet Heather Phillipson. Click here to listen. Heather features at 7.50. Philip is interviewed at 29.54, and reads again at 42.31 and in the podcast extra. He read a poem from his 2017 collection A Bright Acoustic.
An interview with Philip Gross ran in the 13 October 2017 issue of The Friend. He spoke to Jonathan Doering about his work and his Quakerism.
‘From sparky children’s poetry… to his T S Eliot Award-winning poetry collection The Water Table and the recent collection A Bright Acoustic, there is an open-mindedness and willingness to accept the strange, shocking but sometimes superb gifts of life.’ – Jonathan Doering, The Friend
Partially available online (in full by subscription):
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Philip Gross contributed to Wales Arts Review's feature 'Writers' Rooms' in 2016. His piece about the room he writes in, complete with photographs, can be seen here.
[02 March 2020]