Recent Successes

2019

  • Philip’s poem Garland, Nut, Figures and Grace won a highly commended award in the Federation of Writers (Scotland) 2019 Vernal Equinox Poetry Competition. The judge was Stephen Watt. The judge commented, “Formidable story-telling, bringing both context and a dark fairy-tale to the origins of the Britannia Coconut Dancers of Lancashire. Enchanting language, layout, rhythm and rhyme contribute towards a fascinating poem which is welcomely left field in its subject matter.
  • The Cloudbuster received a Highly Commended in the 2019 South Downs Poetry Festival Poetry Competition: The Binstead Prize: The judge was James Simpson.
  • Moonlight Found received a Commended award in the 2019 South Downs Poetry Festival Poetry Competition: The Binstead Prize: The judge was James Simpson.
  • Out of Here has been accepted for the 2019 CivicLeicester anthology on the theme of Brexit.

2018

  • The Carpenter won First prize in the National Arts Centre Jack Clemo (interdenominational Christian) poetry competition.
  • End House received a Highly Commended award in the Pendle War Poetry competition and is in the anthology.
  • Blessed Fair Sonnet won the Horwich Writers Hate Crime Awareness poetry competition 2018.     
  • The Longest Wait received Second prize in the Sydenham Arts poetry competition 2018.
  • Against the Stream won Third prize in the 2018 Cruse Line poetry competition, Arundel.
  • Long Postcard from a high place was long-listed, by Mario Petrucci, in the Segora poetry competition, 2018.
  • Another Country won the Sandwich (Kent) Poet of the Year award, 2018.
  • Philip has received Second prize in the Sydenham Arts poetry competition 2018.

2017

  •  Philip was guest poet at Lancaster Litfest, and also at the Teignmouth Poetry Festival. He is the judge in the Burnley Writers’ Circle Poetry competition.
  •  In April 2017, Harvest of Youth received a Commendation from Clare Best in the Binsted Arts Poetry Competition 2017 and is included in the anthology.
  • Another Country was shortlisted for the Swanwick poetry competition 2017.
  • The Alwin Machine was short-listed by the Earlyworks Poetry Competition 2017, Hastings, and is in the anthology.
  • Out of Service won Second prize in the Rhyme and Reason poetry competition 2017. The judge was Jan Moran Neil. The poem was performed at GX Philiosophical and Literary Festival in Gerrards Cross in September 2017.
  • Against the Stream was shortlisted for the Segora poetry competition 2017
  • Dividend was awarded a Commendation in the Milestones / WRITE OUT LOUD poetry competition 2017 by the judge, Brian Patten, and the poem is in the anthology.
  • Canal Country was awarded a Distinction in the Mere 2017 poetry competition organised by Pennybank Writers of Mere. The Senior Judge was Dawn Gorman.
  • Raven in the Margin won First prize in the BARN OWL TRUST poetry competition, 2017. The judge was Mary Woodward.
  •  Wand and The Bear who Bore no Grudge are included in the Rhyme and Reason diary 2017.

2016

  • Land boom won a Commendation from John McCullough in the Rottingdean National Poets poetry competition 2016.
  • The Moon Under Water, and Directions toThe Red Lion, are included in an OWF (pub.) anthology on the theme of pubs. The latter also features on beermats.
  • His Usual Theft was awarded Second prize by Stephanie Norgate (a Bloodaxe poet) in the Havant Literary Festival competition 2016. The poem was described as “engaging, well-observed, and an unusual subject”.
  •  Winter Interlude was awarded Third prize in the Buxton Literary Festival poetry competition 2016. The judge was Matt Black.

2015

  • Stir won First prize (£500) in the Teignmouth Festival poetry competition, 2015. The judge was Penelope Shuttle.
  • Three of Philip’s poems were republished by Scholastic in separate anthologies in 2015: My Cat has a Bell (PETS), Caterpillar Salad Wrap, and I’d Like to Pat a Patasaurus (DINOSAURS); Fee £180.
  • Two Piano Tuners was published in The New Welsh Reader, September 2015.
  • How to Paint a Marigold won £60 Second prize in the Rhyme and Reason poetry competition 2015.
  • View Finder received a HIGHLY COMMENDED award in the Welsh Poetry competition, 2015.
  • Smoke and Minnows was longlisted for the Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2015 and is in the anthology.
  • Biking Free Is performed by an actor as part of the Best of Bolton performance at Bolton Octagon on 28th May 2016. 
  • Garments won Third prize (£175) in the Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition 2015 judged by Afam Akeh.
  • Coffin Bearers won a £20 runner-up prize in the Salopian open poetry competition 2015. Alison Chisholm said, “…an original and thought-provoking look at mortality.”
    The Relevent Door received a Highly Commended award from Grevel Lindop in the 2015 Mungrisdale Poetry Competition and appears in the anthology.
  • The Carpenter won Second prize in the Rubies In the Darkness poetry competition 2015.
  • A Formal Garden won Third prize of £20 in the 2015 Salopian Poetry Society’s Annual Members Only Poetry Competition.