Gordon Phillips could have gone into the print trade like his father, but ‘he was never any good with his hands.’ Leaving St Albans and work as an office clerk he crossed the North/South divide and became a mature student at Newcastle University. Here he specialised in writing, memory and culture for his MA.
He has written articles, essays, book and theatre reviews for various magazines through the University of Chichester, Education Review, Arts North and The Good Book Guide of Whitaker s. His poems have been published in Australia, the USA and Britain, in school textbooks and anthologies like New Angles by Oxford University Press and Enjoying English by MacMillan.
His short story, Going Backwards to Go Forwards was recorded for the audio website listenupnorth along with several other short stories and poems. He has worked on several collaborations with composers, including a multi-media project with Essex schoolchildren called Five Operas, two classical music song cycles and a folk-song cycle of northern sketches that provided training for two schoolgirl singers and composers.
At the moment, he is completing the lyrics for a folk-song cycle about the history of St Mary’s Island on North Tyneside. He has worked part-time as an Adult Education Tutor on Literature and Creative Writing courses run by the WEA (Workers’ Education Association) and Newcastle City Council. In 2011 he won a Northern Voices Award. He is a member of The Society of Authors and The Performing Right Society.