Saturday, 7 November 2009

Guest November 2009: Phil Bowen

Phil Bowen was an ideal guest for our first show. He is based in the south-west, living in Cornwall. Although primarily a writer of poetry and plays, he's also been involved in film and visual art. And the day of the launch show coincided with the first night of his play 'Anything But Love' at the New End Theatre in Hampstead.

We have Phil's hour long interview in our digital archive and  it is now available on my co-host Rachel McCarthy's website - keep an eye out for future interview podcasts. I don't intend to transcribe or summarise our conversation which traced his life from childhood in Liverpool through college in Chester and onto careers as a teacher, publican and writer touching on his favourite music and how it has informed his work as a writer.

His New and Selected Poems 'Nowhere's Far' has recently been published by Salt. He has edited books about Bob Dylan and the Beatles. He is the biographer of the Mersey poets Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri. His plays have been staged in England, Scotland, Wales and the USA. He conceived of 'Adrian's Wall', an art installation for Liverpool Year of Culture 2008. And he has inspired a love of poetry in thousands of children in hundreds of schools as well as staged plays and made films with young people.

There follows a list of links we used in preparing for Phil's visit to the studio:


Career Resume
Salt Author Page
Nowhere's Far
Shearsman Review
Stride Magazine Review
Anything But Love video
Books on Amazon
A Gallery to Play to - Preview
Dylan Thomas Festival talk in The Independent
Larkin Society talk
Database of Plays (incomplete)
Poetry in Schools
At Port Eliot Festival
Sample Poetry Lesson
Sample Poetry Workshop
Poets on the Buses

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