G.F. Phillips Remembered

About the podcast

Featuring the work of the late North East writer G.F. Phillips, a writer I first met and recorded through Keith Armstrong and Northern Voices Community Projects.  This collection of Gordon’s work was taken from recordings made for listenupnorth 2010-2013.

I knew him as a gentle and perceptive man, drawing on astute and sensitive observations for his writing.  Through his work we often felt the raw plight of others, with other pieces, a mischievous dry humour and irony.

Gordon leaves us a legacy of fantastic written work and through listenupnorth he leaves his voice.

Podcast content

G.F. Phillips talks about his writing

Fresh Contours – a poem inspired by the Northumberlandia land sculpture near Cramlington

From the Testimony of an Otherwise Citizen – a poem on the plight of Burmese refugees

Quarantine Song – a folk song lyric about Russian Troops held on St Mary’s Island with cholera

Johnny Spry – a poem about the goalkeeper for Footloose Wanders

Home Tomorrow – a story of displacement in Zimbabwe at the hands of mob culture

Suffolk Street Bomb – a poem inspired by a 1000lb bomb found in Hendon, Sunderland

You can also hear Gordon’s work as part of the following Northern Voices Comminity Projects:

The Spanish City Centenary in Poetry To listen CLICK HERE

The Hartley Pit Disaster 1862 – Remembered in Poetry  To listen CLICK HERE