In 2002 Philip survived a near fatal motorcycle accident that left him with complex injuries, a right leg below knee amputee and post traumatic stress. His first collection of poetry, Heart on the Mountain, published in 2012, offers a window into his journey of recovery and the importance the landscape played in this.
Heart on the Mountain
‘Now I am not the type of person to pick up a book of poetry and enjoy it, my school days saw to that, but my god am I glad I read this! . . . It was as though someone had reached inside me and expressed every unutterable feeling of my own and put them on paper. I felt, for the first time in a long time, as if I was not alone, that someone else out there understood what I was going through . . . His descriptions of the healing power of nature and the beauty of the natural world were echo’s of my own. This book would make such a wonderful gift for anyone who is going through a challenging time, but also is a must read for every home.’ – SI Houghton
‘Truly inspiring, moving, perceptive and thought provoking.’ – Mary Rose
‘I love this book. Phil’s poems come from the heart …’ – Helen MacKenzie
‘I just read your book. I will read it over and over and over. I love it.’ – Martha Stephens Goodwin
‘Phil’s poetry and imagery … lead the reader on a thought provoking and emotional journey …’ – Ian Crosby