An evening in the Company of the 2016 Roland Mathias Poetry Award winner Philip Gross

Published Thu 20 Oct 2016 - By Literature Wales
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On Friday 4 November at The Muse, Brecon join Literature Wales and the Brecknock Society for an evening with multi award-winning poet Philip Gross to celebrate his success in the Wales Book of the Year Award.

Friday 4 November 2016, 7.00 pm
The Muse, Glamorgan Street, Brecon, LD3 7DW
Tickets: £5 (£4 for Brecknock Society Members)


In a glittering award ceremony on 18 July 2016 it was announced that Philip Gross was the winner of the 2016 Roland Mathias Poetry Award with his collection Love Songs of Carbon (Bloodaxe Books). Philip took home a cash prize of £1,000 and a specially commissioned trophy designed and created by Angharad Pierce Jones. The Roland Mathias Poetry Award forms part of Literature Wales’ Wales Book of the Year Award.

Love Songs of Carbon is his 18th book of poetry, and is a coming of age volume inhabiting the ageing body with a confident, inventive curiosity. These are love poems, both to the person and to the body itself, even as – especially as – it faces entropy and decay.

Philip Gross is no stranger to the Wales Book of the Year Award having topped the poetry category in 2010 with I Spy Pinhole Eye (Cinnamon Press), and in 2012 his collection Deep Field (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch) was chosen as the readers’ favourite winning the Media Wales People’s Choice Award.

At this special celebratory event, Philip will be joined by the poets with whom he shared the short-list, Paul Henry and Stephen Payne. Singer-songwriter and poet Paul Henry was shortlisted with his collection Boy Running (Seren), and Penarth based Philip Gross was shortlisted with his debut collection Pattern beyond Chance (HappenStance Press).

Tickets are £5.00 (£4.00 for Brecknock Society Members),
and are available on the door or by calling Literature Wales:
029 2047 2266.