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Philip Gross is a writer of many parts - from prize-winning poetry to teenage novels of high suspense and unsettling depths. Son of a wartime refugee from Estonia and a Cornish schoolmaster's daughter, his work explores borderlines - between childhood and adult life, between fantasy and reality. He has two grown-up children and a grandson, and lives in Penarth with his wife Zelie. He has led writing workshops in schools for twenty years, and is Professor of Creative Writing at Glamorgan University.
Age 9+. Winner of the CLPE Poetry Award 2011 , which honours excellence in poetry written for children. Reviewed and selected by our poetry expert, Liam Parkin: Already an established poet and winner of the T. S. Eliot prize, Philip Gross has produced Off Road to Everywhere, a collection full of poetry that appeals to both adults and children. His language and diction is captivating, and the rhythmic measure of many of the poems is perfect for a younger generation getting into poetry. Throughout the collection, Gross mixes fantasy with reality and elevates the familiar with images like the ‘Folded...wings of old-gold birds, / Chinese screens’ (Shadow Party); and the exquisite illustrations complimenting the poems pick out more than the words on the page. Gross provide a wealth of knowledge on how to write poetry itself, and many of the techniques he uses can be used for workshops amongst adults and children. In an elegant and accessible collection, Gross introduces children to a world of thinking, writing and reading like a poet. The CLPE Poetry Award 2011 shortlist: Everybody was a Baby Once Cuckoo Rock If You could See Laughter Off Road to Everywhere A Million Brilliant Poems: Part One
worm dreaming dreaming root and branch and whale and ant and dinosaur and dreaming you and me Black smokers, glacier worms and tardigrades... arctic terns, snow leopards and the Aleppo cat... living in the Abyss, conquering Everest, marvelling at the Northern Lights. An exciting and thought-provoking celebration of all that is extraordinary in the natural world. Includes fascinating information about the creatures depicted.
Winner of the CLPE Poetry Awards 2011 Philip Gross's classics of poetry for children, Manifold Manor, The All-Nite Cafe and Scratch City, set a benchmark in the 1990s for opening doors to rich worlds of language and imagination. Off Road To Everywhere takes the challenge into a new century. These poems grow out of twenty years of creative writing work with young people, inviting readers to click out of passive consumer mode and think like writers themselves. Sequences like `Dreams of an Inland Lighthouse Keeper' offer games, techniques and exercises to be used in writing groups for many ages. This is multi-layered poetry, playful, thoughtful and technically brilliant - as gripping in performance as it is on the page. Inviting but completely unpatronising to young readers, welcoming to adults who think that they don't like poetry, these poems open our eyes to the world and to the riches of language as the birthright of everyone. They speak to all ages, and sit confidently on the bookshelf next to Philip Gross's prize-winning work for adults.
After the explosion at the shopping centre, Max is quick to confess. He did it. He planted the bomb. So when the police discover that there was no bomb-just a gas explosion-there are many questions to be asked. Who is Max and what is he trying to do? They're the questions Clio finds herself asking, too, when she starts to get to know Max. She's been asked to help get through to him-but almost before she realizes it she's been caught up in his lies. Now they're on the run together, hiding from the police - but why does Clio stay with him? She can't even explain it to herself. And as she becomes less and less sure what is truth and what is lies, so events spiral ever closer towards a dramatic, violent end ...
Paris is on a trek in the Himalayas with her uncle and her uncle's friends. On the way they come across a young Tibetan monk, Tahr, who reluctantly joins their party as his protector has died in an accident. As the trek progresses, Paris realizes the true reason for the journey - her uncle and his friends are a strange, gourmet dining club, dedicated to hunting down and eating the rarest possible animals. So when they discover a young yeti-like creature, who is very nearly human herself, Tahr convinces Paris that they have a duty to protect her, come what may. *Dramatically told in a lyrical style by Philip Gross, a well-known poet for both adults and children.