The Ambulance Box, Andrew Philip’s first book of poems, was published in spring 2009 by Salt; shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry 2010, the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust First Book Award 2010 and the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2009; and highly commended in the 2009 Forward anothology. It follows two successful poetry pamphlets with HappenStance Press: Tonguefire (2005) and Andrew Philip: A Sampler (2008).
A seasoned performer of his own work, Andrew has given readings and led workshops throughout the UK, from Orkney to London, including an online course for the Poetry School in 2010. He has also written “Sound and Rhythm”, a worksheet for the Scottish Poetry Library‘s ideas box, and his introduction to writing poetry is one of the most popular pages at the Crafty Writer.
Andrew was born in 1975 in Aberdeen, north-east Scotland and grew up in a former mining village near Falkirk in the Scottish central belt. After leaving school, he lived in Berlin for a short spell, returning to Scotland studying linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. He now lives in Linlithgow, West Lothian and works part time for the Scottish Parliament’s official report.