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tomkelly.jpg An Evening With Tom Kelly

Join Jarrow-born poet and playwright Tom Kelly, as he reads from his collection of short stories Behind the Wall, and  from his most recent poetry collection This Small Patch, both published by Red Squirrel Press.

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.