Andy Croft was born in 1956. He moved to the North East in 1983 to teach in adult education. Writing-residencies include HMP Holme House and the Great North Run. Among his books are Red Letter Days, Out of the Old Earth (with Graeme Rigby), A Weapon in the Struggle, Selected Poems of Randall Swingler, Comrade Heart, Holme and Away, Speaking English, Red Sky at Night (with Adrian Mitchell), North by North East (with Cynthia Fuller) and thirty-seven books for teenagers, mostly about football. His books of poetry include Nowhere Special, Gaps Between Hills (with Dermot Blackburn and Mark Robinson), Headland, Just as Blue, Great North, Comrade Laughter and The Ghost Writer. He runs Smoke-Stack Books and lives in Middlesbrough.