Andy Croft

Andy Croft lives in Middlesbrough, where he has been active in community-writing projects for many years. Writing Residencies include the Great North Run, the Hartlepool Headland, the Combe Down Stone Mines Project, the Southwell Poetry Festival and HMP Holme House.

His books include Red Letter Days, Out of the Old Earth, A Weapon in the Struggle, Selected Poems of Randall Swingler and Comrade Heart. He has also written four novels and over forty non-fiction books about sport for teenagers.

Books of poetry include Nowhere Special, Gaps Between Hills (with Mark Robinson), Headland, Just as Blue, Great North, Comrade Laughter, Ghost Writer, Sticky and Three Men on the Metro (with Bill Herbert and Paul Summers). He has edited the anthologies Red Sky at Night (with Adrian Mitchell), North by North East (with Cynthia Fuller), Not Just a Game (with Sue Dymoke), The Nightshift (with Michael Baron and Jenny Swann), Holme and Away and Speaking English.

He has given many poetry readings, including in Moscow, New York, Novosibirsk, Potsdam, Sofia, Kemerovo, the Royal Festival Hall and London’s Poetry International. He writes a regular poetry column for the Morning Star and runs Smokestack Books.