About Smokestack Books

Smokestack is an independent publisher of radical and unconventional poetry run by Andy Croft. He has been active for many years in community writing projects in the North-east. Writing Residencies include the Hartlepool Headland, the Great North Run, the Southwell Poetry Festival, the Combe Down Stone Mines Project, HMP Holme House and HMP Moorland. His verse-play about the history of Middlesbrough, Smoke! was shown at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He is the founder-director of T-junction, Teesside’s biannual international poetry festival.

His books include Red Letter Days, Out of the Old Earth, A Weapon in the Struggle, Selected Poems of Randall Swingler, Comrade Heart, After the Party and Forty-six Quid and a Bag of Dirty Washing. He has written seven novels and forty-two books for teenagers, mostly about football.

His books of poetry include Nowhere Special, Gaps Between Hills (with Mark Robinson), Headland, Just as Blue, Great North, Comrade Laughter, Ghost Writer, Sticky, Three Men on the Metro (with W.N. Herbert and Paul Summers) and Nineteen Forty-eight (with Martin Rowson). Edited collections include Red Sky at Night (with Adrian Mitchell), North by North East (with Cynthia Fuller), Not Just a Game (with Sue Dymoke), The Night Shift (with Michael Baron and Jenny Swann), Speaking English: Poems for John Lucas, A Modern Don Juan: Cantos for These Times by Divers Hands (with Nigel Thompson) and Les elephants de Mudfog. He has given many poetry readings, including in Paris, Potsdam, Sofia, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Kemerovo, New York and London's Poetry International. He writes a regular poetry column for the Morning Star.