Andy Croft lives in Middlesbrough, where he has been active in community writing projects for many years. 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.
His books include Red Letter Days, Out of the Old Earth, A Weapon in the Struggle, Selected Poems of Randall Swingler, Holme and Away, Comrade Heart and After the Party. He has written five novels and 42 books for teenagers, mostly about football.
He has edited several poetry anthologies, including 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 and Everything Flows: A Celebration of the Transporter Bridge in Poetry.
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 WN Herbert and Paul Summers) and Nineteen Forty-eight (with Martin Rowson).
He has given many poetry readings, including readings in Paris, Potsdam, Sofia, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Kemerovo, New York and London’s Poetry International. He writes a regular poetry column for the Morning Star.