Biography

Philip Burton’s poem The Coral of the Hedgerows is published in GARDEN, a poetry anthology by OWF, November 2014, which carries a tremendous introduction by Bob Flowerdew.

Philip has won three significant poetry competitions recently: The Sentinel August 2015 poetry competition (£200), The Teignmouth poetry festival poetry competition (£500) where the judge was Penelope Shuttle, and, before that, Philip won Second prize in the prestigious Ilkley literature festival poetry competition judged by Gillian Clarke.

Philip Burton was born in Dunfermline and raised in Ramsgate, Kent. He has been a Primary school head teacher in Lancashire and is married with five children.

Philip Burton is known to children as “Pip The Poet”. Twelve of his poems for children have been published in major antholgies in the last few years. Steve Rudd, Managing director of The Kings England Press, (publisher of the phenomenally successful Gez Walsh) said of the collection The Treasure Shop, “..…cries out for a national publisher.” Many of his poems have been illustrated by Steve Hutton.

Philip has visited over one hundred schools and libraries in the last few years, as a writer in education, providing poetry days for children 4–14, and has built a reputation for providing enjoyable and educational performances and workshops. In 2004 he gave a successful presentation at the NAWE annual conference in York on the theme of VOICE. He was appointed as a mentor by NAWE.

Over two hundred and fifty of his poems have been published in a range of literary magazines during the last seven years, including: P.N. Review StandSmiths Knoll, Orbis, Envoi, Brando’s HatThe Frogmore Papers, The Swansea ReviewLinks, Prism International (Canada), and Troubadour (USA).

Philip sometimes provides performances of his ecology/environment poems.