Phil Bowen

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Philip Hugh Bowen (born 1949) is a British poet, playwright, performer, teacher and biographer. He grew up in Liverpool, where he taught from 1972 to 1979. During the 1980s, he was a publican before becoming a full-time writer in 1992. He lives in Cornwall and works all over the country as a performer and writer in schools.

Books[edit]

Poetry[edit]

  • That Was Peter Glaze – Ure Press – 1993,
  • The Professor’s Boots – Westwords – 1994,
  • Jewels & Binoculars (Ed) – Stride 1994,
  • Things We Said Today (Ed) Stride -1995,
  • Variety’s Hammer – Stride – 1997,
  • Starfly – Stride – 2004,
  • Nowhere’s Far – New & Selected Poems 1990–2009 – Salt Publications,

As Contributor[edit]

  • Hepworth –Westwords – 1993,
  • Return to Sender – Headlock – 1994,
  • The Bridport Anthology – Sansom - 1995,
  • The Forward Anthology – Forward – 1998,
  • Paradise for Sale – Arts Council Collection – 1998,
  • Welsh Routes – Liverpool Community Spirit – 2006,
  • Hidden Histories – Exeter University – 2007,
  • You Have Been Warned – Oxford - 2008,

Prose[edit]

  • A Gallery to Play to – the story of the Mersey Poets – Stride – 1998, Updated and republished – Liverpool University Press - 2008.

Plays[edit]

  • A Handful Of Rain: New York City, Edinburgh, Swansea, New End Theatre – 1999 - 2002,
  • The Same Boat: Swansea, Cardiff and at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2003/4,
  • The Other Side of the Words: Swansea Penzance in 2004 – St Ives 2006,
  • Chimney Kids– (a musical for children with Paul Butler): Camborne, 2004, Swansea 2006,
  • Anything But Love: New End London 2007, Swansea 2008, St Ives Festival 2009, Cheltenham Literature Festival 2010
  • Parlez Vous Jig Jig: Swansea, 2004, 2006, Shakespeare Link, Powys, Rosemary Branch, London 2008.
  • A Case of the Poet: London 2006, Hull 2007,

Other publications[edit]

  • Crafting Poetry – Original Writing for GCSE Readings by Phil Bowen – DMEC
  • The Blue Hand DVD (DMEC)
  • Adventures in Poetry – Radio 4 - Tonight at Noon – Adrian Henri 2004
  • Centre of the Creative Universe – Liverpool & the Avant-Garde – Liverpool University Press and Tate Liverpool – 2007 . Revisiting Allen Ginsberg’s Liverpool trip in 1965….

Radio, Television and Film[edit]

  • Poetry Please
  • Write Out Loud
  • Something Understood
  • The Archive Hour
  • Adventures in Poetry - Radio 4
  • Happy Birthday Poetry - Radio 2
  • London Weekend TV
  • Laughing Gas (Andrew Lanyon Films) - Mister Aquaviva Pilot for Theta Films 2007/08

Awards[edit]

  • The Ralph Lewis Award 1997 (Sussex University)
  • The Bridport Prize 1998 Runner Up

External links[edit]

  • Poetry Lesson [1]
  • The Playwrights Database - Phil Bowen [2]
  • Phil Bowen: Generosity and Power in Poetry – from a talk by the poet and playwright at the fiftieth anniversary celebration at The Dylan Thomas Festival 2003 [3]
  • Phil Bowen on topofthetree [4]