Andrew PhilipAndrew Philip was born in 1975 and grew up in central Scotland. He lived in Berlin for a short spell in the 1990s before studying linguistics at Edinburgh Parliament's official report.

A serendipitous chat with Helena Nelson at the StAnza festival ( led to his being the first new poet to be
published by HappenStance. His 2005 pamphlet Tonguefire was followed by another first when Andrew Philip: A Sampler kicked off the press’s sampler series in 2008. The Ambulance Box, his first book of poems, was published by Salt ( in March 2009.

Andrew was chosen as a Scottish Poetry Library 'New Voice' in 2006. In 1999-2000, he ran the Scottish Poetry Library’s Holyrood Poetry Link Scheme, which linked up members of the newly elected Scottish Parliament with contemporary Scottish poets. He compiled and edited Variations on a new song (Scottish Poetry Library, 2000), a pamphlet of poems that resulted from the project.

A seasoned and engaging reader of his work, Andrew has performed throughout the UK—from London to Orkney—including an appearance at StAnza. Andrew's blogs at Tonguefire.


  • Tonguefire, HappenStance, 2005
  • Andrew Philip: A Sampler, HappenStance (2008)
  • The Ambulance Box, Salt Publishing (2009)

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