Philip Gross was born in 1952 in Delabole, North Cornwall, the only child of a wartime refugee from Estonia and the village schoolmaster's daughter. He began writing stories in junior school.

Favourite Poetry Sayings

"Good writing for young people is as important as writing for adults. (It has taken the book trade and the media a long time to get around to seeing this.) I always want adults to read my children's novels and leave with plenty to think about. I hope young people will read my adult poetry one day, and see the same ideas being played out in a slower, quieter more spacious way. " - Philip Gross

Philip Gross Children's Poems

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  • The Signal Poetry Award, 1994, for The All-Nite Cafe (1993)

  • Arts Council Bursary, 1991, for The Song of Gail and Fludd

  • Children's Poetry Bookshelf Choice, 2010, for Off Road to Everywhere

  • CLPE Award for Children's Poetry, 2010, for Off Road To Everwhere