News and Reviews

WRITER and freelance journalist John Phillpott has had thousands of reviews and other articles published in newspapers and magazines over a career spanning more than 50 years.

During that time he has been, variously, a reporter, feature writer, columnist, reviewer, letters editor and was chief sub-editor for two major Midlands newspaper companies.

He has also written three books. The Shilling is the story of a relative’s experiences during the First World War, Beef Cubes and Burdock is an account of a 1950s country childhood, and Go and Make the Tea, Boy! tells of his early working life as a trainee reporter on a weekly paper during the 1960s.

As well as being a writer, John has also worked as a semi-professional musician, playing guitar and harmonica. He has done some recording studio sessions, most notably with Archers star Eddie Grundy. His other interests include walking, history and wildlife studies.

John lives in Worcester and is married with two grown-up daughters. He has two grandchildren.