Philip Burton, a family man, born in Fife, raised in Thanet, has been a hippie, a laborer, a professional student, a Catholic head teacher in Lancashire, and a poetry practitioner in schools. In the last twenty years Philip has been very widely published in literary magazines, including PN Review and Stand, as well as in anthologies. He has gained many awards, winning the 2005 Lancaster litfest, the Teignmouth Poetry Festival competition 2014, and the Sentinel Literary Quarterly (August) poetry competition in the same year. He recently won Third prize in the Buxton Literary Festival poetry competition.
In March 2017 he is a guest poet at Teignmouth Poetry Festival, and at Lancaster Lifest. Philip Burton’s poetry collection, titled His Usual Theft, is to be published by Indigo Dreams (pub.) in 2017.
Philip came to poetry via the WEA courses of Copland Smith.
Website address: www.philipburton.net
Too Young to Forget, Poems 1998-2010, Philip Burton, self-published in 2011 PRICE £5-00
These poems cover themes of nurture, nature, nectar, near-nautical, the numinous, and, inevitably, nemesis.
Moon on a Shoestring, further poems 1998-2013, Philip Burton, self-published in 2013 - PRICE £6-00
These poems address childhood, interactions with nature, and care for planet Earth.
His Usual Theft, poetry, Indigo Dreams (pub.), May 2017, £6-00
These poems represent a hope-filled poetic voyage through a landscape of failure, crime, and major natural disasters. The poet gives voice to a wonderful range of human responses to life at its most precarious.
Pitch to Publishers & Festival Organisers:
My forthcoming pamphlet collection, titled His Usual Theft is being published in May 2017 by Indigo Dreams (pub.), £6-00, and I am keen to promote the poems.
Over three hundred and sixty of my poems have been published in literary magazines and anthologies, and a further fifteen of my poems appear in anthologies for children.
Poetry lives in a special way when read aloud, and this is very important to my work. I have wide experience of open mic. poetry events, and of being guest poet at poetry evenings. As Pip The Poet I have visited over one hundred and fifty Primary schools, some Secondary and some Special schools, providing poetry days, reading, and workshops.
Awards & Prizes:
I have won thirty one national poetry awards and poetry prizes since 1998.
RECENT AWARDS Philip Burton
in chronological order
A FINE LINE won Second prize in the Ilkley Literature Festival poetry
competition 2013 judged by Gillian Clarke.
FLOOD won the £200 First prize in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly August poetry competition 2014.
HOW TO PAINT A MARIGOLD was awarded Second prize in the Rhyme and Reason poetry competition 2015.
THE CARPENTER won Second prize in the Rubies in the Darkness competition 2015.
HIS USUAL THEFT was awarded Second prize by Stephanie Norgate in the Havant
Literary Festival competition 2016.
GARMENTS was awarded Third prize by Afam Akey in theSentinel Annual poetry co
VIEW FINDER was specially commended in the Welsh Poetry Competition 2015
judged by Sally Spedding.
THE RELEVENT DOOR was awarded a Highly Commended from Grevel Lindop in the 2015 Mungrisdale Poetry Competition and will appear in the anthology.
SMOKE AND MINNOWS was longlisted for the Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2015.
STIR won First prize (£500) in the Teignmouth festival poetry competition
2015. The judge was Penelope Shuttle.
THE LAND BOOM was awarded a commendation by John McCullough in the Rottingdean National Poetry competition 2016.
Philip Burton was awarded the (£250) Third prize in the Buxton Literary Festival poetry competition 2016. The judge was Matt Black. The competition is sponsored by Lady Jasmine Cavendish, and by the University of Derby.
Literary Festival Appearances:
Guest poet at the Teignmouth Poetry Festival, and also at Lancaster Litfest, in March 2017.
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact telephone: 01706 876089