Creative Writing Professor wins national literature award

Philip Gross

A University of South Wales professor has won a national literature award in recognition of his poetry.

Professor Philip Gross was named the winner of the Roland Mathias Poetry Award in this year’s Wales Book of the Year competition, for his poetry collection, Love Songs of Carbon.

Born in Cornwall, Philip now lives in Penarth and is Professor of Creative Writing at the University. He is also the author of 10 novels for young people.

Already a widely published and prizewinning writer, Love Songs of Carbon is Philip’s 18th poetry collection.

Philip said: “I was already glad to be on a rich shortlist side by side with some excellent writers I know and respect, and some great new discoveries too. Of course I'm pleased with the nice affirmation of a prize, but it's the overall impression of last night, of alongsideness, of the culture of Wales being big enough in all senses to embrace such a diversity, that's the best thing of all."

Lleucu Siencyn, Chief Executive of Literature Wales, who organise the awards, said: “We are extremely proud that the Wales Book of the Year Award can promote the richness and diversity of contemporary Welsh literature. I would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners. We were delighted to welcome the shortlisted writers and their families to this special celebration.”

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