Philip Burton Bacup, UK

Philip Burton's latest slim volume of poetry is Untagged (Palewell Press 2023) and centres on his late dressmaker mother's wished-for changes to the Fast Fashion industry. The launch is at Clitheroe Library, Church Street, Clitheroe on Saturday 12th August 2023. Refreshments. All welcome.

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-eight of Philip’s poems have appeared in literary magazines since 1998, including PN Review, and Stand. His poems have been widely anthologized.  

He recently won the First prize of £500 in the East Riding Festival of Words poetry competition; the chief judge was James Nash; there were 600 entries. 

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 in the 2019 Hastings poetry competition, and also in The Ware Poets open poetry competition 2020.  

Philip is a member of the 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); Gaia Warnings (Palewell Press, 2021), and The Life Dyslexic (Palewell Press, June 2022). .