philip gross is Professor of Creative Writing at Glamorgan University. He has published four other books with Bloodaxe, including Mappa Mundi (2003) and Changes of Address: Poems 1980-1998 (2001), his selection from earlier books including The Ice Factory, Cat's Whisker, The Son of the Duke of Nowhere, I.D. and The Wasting Game. He is also the author of ten highly-praised novels for young people. He lives in Bristol.
"His verse, which is naturalistic in a likeably offhand way and, for its effect, relies largely on the imagery of place as well as on the overtones of history."