Philip Burton was born in Dunfermline and raised in Ramsgate, Kent. He has been a Primary school head teacher in Lancashire and is married with five children. Philip won the August 2014 Sentinel poetry competition and the Teignmouth poetry festival poetry competition, 2014. In 2013 he won second prize in the Ilkley Festival poetry competition. He is a 2005 Lancaster Litfest winner. In 1998 and in 2005 he was short–listed for The Kent and Sussex Open Poetry Competition. In all he has had twenty-three national and international poetry competition awards.
Philip Burton is known to children as “Pip The Poet”. Twelve of his poems for children have been published in major antholgies in the last few years. Steve Rudd, Managing director of The Kings England Press, (publisher of the phenomenally successful Gez Walsh) said of the collection The Treasure Shop, “..…cries out for a national publisher.” Many of his poems have been illustrated by Steve Hutton.
Philip has visited over one hundred schools and libraries in the last few years, as a writer in education, providing poetry days for children 4–14, and has built a reputation for providing enjoyable and educational performances and workshops. In 2004 he gave a successful presentation at the NAWE annual conference in York on the theme of VOICE. He was appointed as a mentor by NAWE.
Over two hundred and fifty of his poems have been published in a range of literary magazines during the last seven years, including: P.N. Review , Stand, Smiths Knoll, Orbis, Envoi, Brando’s Hat, The Frogmore Papers, The Swansea Review, Links, Prism International (Canada), and Troubadour (USA). His first collection, The Raven’s Diary, published by Joe Publish, was greeted with enthusiasm on both sides of The Irish Sea. Six other pamphlets and a first full collection have followed. Admirers of his work include Michael Schmidt, Derrick Buttress, and Don Paterson. Five of his poems were included in the Peace Poems anthology (Crocus Books) in 2003.
Jessie Lendennie at Salmon Publishing accepted a collection of his, The Raven’s Diary, for publication in 2001. Inflation, and an Irish government directive restricting publication of non–Irish writer’s, meant cancellation.
Philip has for some years judged the Burnley Writers Circle annual poetry competition; he has also judged the Manifold Found Poem competition, and Rossendale Writer’s poetry competition in 2003.
He was hailed by Rosie Rogosie as “a new voice come to Manchester”, and appeared in 2000 on the same bill as Adrian Mitchell at The Burnley Arts Festival 2000. Guest Poet slots have included: Manky Poets, Manchester, The White Hart, Todmorden and Live at The Trades, Haslingden.