Philip Gross has published more than twenty poetry collections, including The Water Table, winner of the T.S.Eliot Prize 2009. He has also published ten novels for young people, and is an insatiable collaborator across art forms, as with artist Valerie Coffin Price on A Fold In The River, and with composer Benjamin Frank Vaughan on The King in the Car Park, a cantata about the re-discovery of Richard III. He has been a creative writing educator for thirty years, in universities and with people of all ages.
It’s a privilege to be invited to serve the Society of Authors as a Council member, and particularly at a time like this. In an age of friction, change and complication, who better than authors, such a famously diverse and individual bunch (we are the cats who won’t be herded) to show that we can meet and represent our common interests… especially when that common interest is to be as gloriously different as we, and all our readers, truly are – to be that different for the culture’s sake?’