Philip Monks

I am a playwright and poet. I specialise in family plays and write extensively for and with young people. I undertake writing residencies and workshops across all ages. I am based in Bristol and work primarily across the south-west, but also with strong connections to the Midlands.

South West (Wessex)


Treasure Island for Bristol Old Vic Theatre School winter 2016.

Benji Plays for Moving Hands Theatre Company 2014-16.

Alice In Wonderland for Bristol Old Vic Theatre School winter 2014.

Three Witches for Hoopla Productions in association with Coventry Belgrade October 2013.

A Christmas Carol for Bristol Old Vic Theatre School winter 2012.

Encounters With Witches & Ghosts schools project and workshop production spring 2012.

The Night Queen for Hoopla Productions with Coventry Belgrade, May 2011, followed by national tour. Remounted as The Night Queen Returns January 2013.

Encounters With The Night Queen workshop production spring 2010.

Spirited for National Youth Theatre Brierley Hill Autumn 2008.

Lyricist, The Borrowers Midlands Arts Centre (mac) Winter 2007-8.

Rainforest Rumble for TV Workshop summer 2007.

Pandora’s Box, a play for young people, national tour Spring 2006, Edinburgh Fringe 2006, Sardinia 2006, commissioned by mac productions & mac New Work Trust.

Innocence, contemporary ghost story, Karisma Productions, Edinburgh 2006 & mac 2007.

Creation a play based on the Mysteries & creation stories Junior TV Workshop, July 2006.

Stone Soup, a play for children, mac, Spring 2005 & national tour.

Playwright In Residence Midlands Arts Centre 2004-5.

The Mystery Of Father Brown Summer 2000.

Christmas Shows at the Worcester Swan Theatre 1996-2003 include:

Pinocchio, Robin Hood, A Christmas Carol, Beauty & the Beast, Treasure Island

Plays for young people in local theatres’ repertory include: Mrs Blossom’s Magic Cakes, The Dancing Bear, The Voice Thief, William & the Pirates


Member of Art\Write specialising in writing in response to art: Apothecary poems 2018

Poetry on Loan commissions 2011-18

Art In The Heart poems for anthology (co-editor) published Oct 2013

Contributor Born To Giggle Poems For Children anthology 2012

Poetry commissions for Lakeside Lyrics, Barber Institute Oct 2010 & Sculptural Stanzas 2011. Writer In Residence Barber Institute Autumn 2011

Writer In Residence New Art Gallery Walsall & poems commissioned for DVD-Rom 2009

Publications: Poetry Postcards (2011), Wrap Yourself Up (Winter 2010) Wake Up! (Salford Pocketbooks), Nursery Verse. Poems on display BBC Mailbox Autumn 2008, Winner, Poetry Goes Public competition 2006

Editor of anthologies of Young People’s Writing from Birmingham Secondary schools 2006-10

Many school and public poetry performances, including Wenlock Poetry Festival, Birmingham Book Festival, Stratford Poetry Festival, Tamworth Festival, Poetry In The Park Worcester

Childrens writing, Poetry, Theatre