Philip Gross Launch Readings

Philip Gross Launch 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 Spring Bulletin


Between the Islands,  Philip Gross's 26th book of poetry and his 11th from Bloodaxe is published on 26 March 2020.  It follows his 2017 collection A Bright Acoustic
and his 2015 Love Songs of Carbon, which won the Roland Mathias Poetry Award (Wales Book of the Year). In this new collection Philip Gross returns to the theme of water and the sea, one he explored in his T S Eliot Prize-winning 2009 collection The Water Table

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.


In place of his planned launch readings in Cardiff and at LYRA - Bristol Poetry Festival, Philip reads five poems from Between the Islands on SoundCloud here:

Monday 23 March 2020, 6-8pm,  Cardiff  - LAUNCH EVENT POSTPONED

Little Man Coffee, Bridge Street, Cardiff CF10 2EE (close to Queen Street Station)

Philip Gross Book Launch, Reading and Conversation
Cardiff launch of Between the Islands.

Entry: no charge but contributions invited to the Earthwatch charity.
Information via Philip’s website:

Thursday 2 April 2020, 7-9pm, Lyra: Bristol Poetry Festival  - THE REST OF THE LYRA FESTIVAL HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Boston Tea Party Park Street, 75 Park Street, Bristol  BS1 5PF

Philip Gross Book Launch and Poetry Readings

Launch of Between the Islands, with readings by Philip Gross and the Bristol Stanza poets.
Tickets £5

Details on eventbrite here.  EVENT NOW CANCELLED.

RS Thomas Festival, 18-21 June 2020

Friday 19 June 2020, RS Thomas & ME Eldridge Poetry & Arts Festival, Aberdaron
Writing Together: Words and Water (workshop with Philip Gross)
St Hywyn’s Church, Aberdaron 11:00-13:00
Sarn Plas Cottage, Y Rhiw. 14:00-16:00
19:30 – 21:00 Bards Around the Fire
Celtic Roundhouse, Felin Uchaf
Philip Gross and the writers from the creative writing workshop hosted by Ian Parr will share their poetry and words, accompanied by Ffion Wood 

Details on eventbrite hereFESTIVAL CANCELLED.


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):
Click here to read.

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]

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