Philip began writing poems and stories in his teens, inspired initially by Dylan Thomas and Henry Williamson, later by Faulkner, Joyce, Ted Hughes and Muriel Spark.
At art college in South Wales he was a core member of the creative writing group run by poet in residence Gillian Clarke. Novels followed, and the inevitable rejection letters. In 2001 he won a consolation prize in the Bridport Writing Competition with a short story. The following year this was adapted by a theatre company and given a dozen performances at the Edinburgh Fringe. A full-length novel, ‘The History of Us’, was published by Legend in 2009 and shortlisted in the fiction section of East Anglian Book of the Year.
Philip is also a composer of amateur woodwind music with a number of titles in print. He and his wife live in Cambridgeshire.