Developing his early work, Phil won a mentorship from SLATE, following a poem being chosen for the commemoration of 235 years of Wordsworth’s birth, with a reading given in the Dining Room at Wordsworth House, Cockermouth – the poem is in the form of an extension to The Prelude and considers a mixing of Wordsworth’s day and the present time on Main Street, Cockermouth and the imagery from a viewpoint taken from the window of Wordsworth House.
The Words by the Water / Mirehouse Poetry Competition, judged by TS Elliot Award winning poet Alice Oswald, saw Phil’s poem Ark – about the river bird, the Dipper – receive a Highly Commended, and the work was displayed at Mirehouse, Bassenthwaite for a year.
Phil has had his work chosen for performance at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, with his poem performed by the Christmas cast, in a series of short story and poetry readings, supported by Cumbria Life, Writing Cumbria and Arts Council, and also a short story performed by members of the Summer Season cast, following a competitive submission to source new writing for performances at the theatre.
Phil’s work has been included in anthologies, the journal of the Wainwright Society – Footsteps, the journal of the Norman Nicholson Society – Comet. It has also appeared in Other Poetry and various pamphlets.
Phil has recently written and performed his poem Blencathra, in Terry Abraham’s acclaimed film – Life of a Mountain Blencathra – which also recently had its TV debut on BBC Four.
He has also read at bookshop and event venues across Cumbria, including at the Solway Coast end of Hadrian’s Wall for the Writ on the Wall festival, C-Art held at Blencathra Field Studies Centre and the Norman Nicholson Perspectives exhibition, Outside the Glass, with University of Cumbria and Words by the Water, at the campus exhibition site in Lancaster.
He is due to perform some of his work at Words by the Water, in March 2017, to be held at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, as part of a talk on Mountain Landscapes, and he recently gave a talk at Cockley Moor the past home of Helen Sutherland (where the Cumbrian poet, Norman Nicholson attended gatherings of an active arts collective), presenting at the Norman Nicholson Society’s first, Member’s Weekend.
Phil continues to work towards a first collection of his poetry, and remains keen to achieve earliest publication, to be able to share his work widely.
Image Credit: Phil’s walking glove & a cunning timer….