He is a winner of the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Space Education, a Director of the World Space Week Association, trustee of the SpaceLink Learning Foundation and the Arts Catalyst, and Vice-President of the British Interplanetary Society. A frequent commentator on space and astronautics Prof. Welch has made more than 200 television and radio broadcasts. He was also one of the final twenty candidates for the 1991 UK-USSR Juno mission to the Mir space station and has written what he believes to be the first ever paper on extraterrestrial garden design.
Prof. Welch is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a member of the Institute of Physics and of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. He is also a Chartered Physicist.
Professor Philip Gross is a poet, a novelist for young people and Professor in Creative Writing at The University of South Wales. He has published eight books with Bloodaxe, including Later (2013); Deep Field (2011), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, which was shortlisted for the Roland Mathias Poetry Award (Wales Book of the Year); The Water Table (2009), winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize; The Egg of Zero (2006); Mappa Mundi (2003), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation; and Changes of Address: Poems 1980-1998 (2001). He is also the author of ten highly-praised novels for young people.
DEEP FIELD by Philip Gross
A Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year 2012.
“‘a powerful and tender successor to the T S Eliot prize-winning The Water Table’ ‘The writing is sinewy, urgent and resourceful. This poet is a master of form, deploying his visual and aural patterns for emphasis, as if the page were a musical score…. The collection evokes an essence of what it is to be human, the sense of both wonder and estrangement, our place within science, the sheer oddness of who we are. Deep Field is as strong in celebration as in lamentation. With language as its theme, it soars linguistically.”
PBS Bulletin – selectors’ comments
“Philip Gross’s previous collection, the T. S. Eliot Prizewinning The Water Table, suggested a deepening vision based on focused contemplation of the world and our place – or lack of place – within it. This new collection takes us deeper still, sustaining with extraordinary virtuosity a series of meditative variations on the related themes of language and wordlessness, human existence and the loss of identity.”
Jem Poster, in Planet