Philip Gross Readings

Philip Gross Readings

‘Mastery is what you would wish for in a 27th collection and it is what you find in Philip Gross’s The Thirteenth Angel, shortlisted for the TS Eliot prize.’ – Kate Kellaway, The Observer (Poetry book of the month)


Philip Gross's 27th book of poetry The Thirteenth Angel, will be published by Bloodaxe in November 2022.  It was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Winter 2022, and was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize 2022. Philip took part in the T S Eliot Prize Readings at London's Royal Festival Hall on 15 January 2023 - see video below.
His previous collection Between the Islands was published in March 2020.  It followed 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 Between the Islands Philip Gross returned to the theme of water and the sea, one he explored in his T S Eliot Prize-winning 2009 collection The Water Table.
An in-depth interview with Philip Gross went online on the T S Eliot Prize website ahead of the award being announced on 16 January 2023.  Read here.

'The Thirteenth Angel, like all Philip Gross’s work, fuses the physical and the metaphysical, and lights the profoundest subject matter with shafts of playful humour. He is a poet with exceptional gifts of observation, whether it’s a panoramic view of the earth and its inhabitants or ‘the mutterings of quiet circumstance / under the threshold of attention’.' - Jean Sprackland, Chair of Judges, T S Eliot Prize 2022



T S Eliot Prize Readings, Royal Festival Hall, London, 15 January 2023

All ten poets shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize 2022 read at this event hosted by poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan. Philip Gross read poems from his shortlisted collection The Thirteenth Angel.

Ian McMillan introduces Philip Gross at 59:20.



Tuesday 22 November 2022, 7pm, joint live-streamed launch

Bloodaxe Books hosted this livestreamed launch reading by Philip Gross and Aleš Šteger celebrating the publication of their new poetry collections.

Both poets read live and discussed their collections with the host, Bloodaxe editor Neil Astley. This free Bloodaxe launch event was streamed on YouTube Live and is now available to watch below.  Aleš Šteger read first in each set.





Friday 7 May 2021, 6pm, The Stay-at-Home Literary Festival - via Zoom

Solace in Sound – Three Bloodaxe Poets Explore the Landscape of Grief

A trio of Bloodaxe poets whose recent poetry collections span Scotland, Ireland, England and Estonia read for the Stay-at-Home Literary Festival in May 2021. 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

Philip Gross was filmed reading seven poems from his new collection Between the Islands, which were broadcast by The Quaker Centre Café over seven days in May 2020.  These included  'A colony of nowhere...' from the title sequence - a poem which has great resonance during our current time of quarantine. Sheenagh Pugh refers to this in her blog review below.
All seven videos can be seen on The Quaker Centre Cafe's facebook page here.
In place of his planned launch readings in Cardiff and at LYRA - Bristol Poetry Festival, Philip read five poems from Between the Islands on SoundCloud here.


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

[05 March 2020]

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