Phil M Houghton
Phil is a poet and fellwalker, writing in the Ullswater area.
Phil's work is influenced by the landscape and has been published in poetry magazines, journals and anthologies, and performed at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick.
He was previously Highly Commended at Words by the Water/Mirehouse poetry competition, judged by Alice Oswald, for his poem Ark, about the water bird, the Dipper, on the River Eamont.
He is recognised as a field identifier and has featured in Trail magazine, in a meet the expert interview, looking at montane flora out on the crags and fells around Ullswater.
He will be delivering a weekend event with Blencathra Field Studies Centre in Autumn 2019, looking at the flora and fauna of upland and montane environments, based on the mountain, with opportunity to consider written responses to observing, and moving through, upland landscapes.
Phil’s work has appeared in an exhibition on mountain life at Keswick Museum, and his poem Piton was specially commissioned for the opening of The Mountain Heritage Trust’s new headquarters and archive at Blencathra FSC, and it also features on the FRCC website.
Phil is a Patron of The Norman Nicholson Society’s Nicholson House project - to purchase the Poet’s home for the Nation and the Community.
His poem Blencathra features in the acclaimed Terry Abraham film, Life of a Mountain – Blencathra, and was broadcast on TV, on BBC4. Excerpts of other work appeared on BBC Radio Four’s Open Country programme.
Portrait image of Phil by Terry Abraham
- Postcard from the North: the enigmatic Early Thorn (Selenia dentaria) - N'Lakes today - @savebutterflies… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
- Orange Tip butterflies on the wing In the valleys, N'Lakes @savebutterflies @cumbriawildlife as temperatures hold up across the fells.
- There is a Starling, fluent in Curlew calls of Pennine pasture, archived in its voice all Winter - what if it peris… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…