An Evening With Tom Kelly
Tom, a familiar face at the Lit & Phil, will also be happy to discuss his work and answer any questions.
Tom was born in Jarrow and now lives further up the Tyne at Blaydon. He has had a varied career from his first job in a Jarrow shipyard Time-Office; to a song writing contract and writing the BBCTV musical documentary Kelly, with Alan Price. He has had a great deal of work produced by the Customs House, South Shields, a venue he regards as home, with six full-length stage plays, including I Left My Heart in Roker Park which has been produced four times.
Tom’s musicals include: The Dolly Mixtures, Geordie, Tom & Catherine, Dan Dare, The Machine Gunners (all but Geordie written with John Miles). In 2016 he was a runner-up in the Journal Culture Awards, in the Writer of the Year category, for Geordie-The Musical, produced by the Customs House in 2015 and reprised in October 2017 at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle. 2016 also saw his eighth poetry collection Spelk published and subsequently re-printed by Red Squirrel Press.
Of late his poetry has appeared in a number of UK magazines and in the anthology Land of Three Rivers-The Poetry of North-East England. He is currently Writer-in-Residence at the Word, South Shields. In 2019 his play BOBBY ROBSON SAVED MY LIFE was toured, THE DOLLY MIXTURES MUSICAL was reprised and LOVE SONGS, a play with music toured the north-east. His most recent poetry collection THIS SMALL PATCH was published in 2020 by Red Squirrel Press.Wednesday 24th March, 7pm, Free.