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. He runs the Ripon poetry festival and the T-junction international poetry festival on Teesside. He writes a regular poetry column for the Morning Star.
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, Forty-six Quid and a Bag of Dirty Washing and Bare Freedom. He has written seven novels and forty-two non-fiction titles 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), Nineteen Forty-eight (with Martin Rowson) and Les elephants de Mudfog. 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, A Modern Don Juan (with Nigel Thompson). He has given many poetry readings, including in Paris, Potsdam, Sofia, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Kemerovo, New York and Basra. His poetry has been translated into French, Arabic, Bulgarian, Greek and Russian.