Philip Burton has a love for readings and performance, developed through life as an English and Drama teacher, Lancashire head teacher, folksinger, actor, and multi-award-winning poet. He was also, for some years, a poetry practitioner who, as Pip The Poet, provided hundreds of poetry days for schools and also for adult learners.
Three hundred and seventy of Philip’s poems have appeared in literary magazines since 1998, including PN Review, and Stand. His poems have been widely anthologised.
In 2019, Philip held four First prizes concurrently in poetry competitions: the National Arts Centre Jack Clemo, 2019; the Horwich Writers, 2018; the Sandwich (Kent) Poet of the Year, 2018; and the Barn Owl Trust, 2017. Philip also won Third prize both in the 2019 Hastings poetry competition, and in The Ware Poets open poetry competition 2020.
He is a member of The Poetry Society’s Ribble Valley Stanza, and of the Clitheroe Writers Group, and is Honorary President of Burnley Writers’ Circle.
Philip Burton’s poetry publications include The Raven’s Diary (joe publish 1998), Couples (Clitheroe Books Press 2008), His Usual Theft, (Indigo Dreams Press 2017) and his latest, Gaia Warnings, is due out from Palewell Press in 2021.