I Know Their Footsteps
Published by Red Squirrel Press
I Know Their Footsteps is Tom Kelly’s seventh poetry collection, this time telling the tale of his hometown of Jarrow. Featuring heavily is his family – father, mother and grandparents – all found desperately seeking love.
“Kelly’s work is rooted in his native north-east, especially Jarrow, where he was brought up. His short, spare pieces speak in a direct, unfussy voice and Kelly continues to excel when he is fusing emotion and location, a wonderful alchemy that touches on a range of experiences common to us all...” – Poetry Book Society
“Kelly’s poetry invokes the spirit of our region... The Time Office sees the Jarrow-born author continue the themes of place, loss and longing... It’s powerful, moving and emotional stuff...” – The Journal (Newcastle)
Tom Kelly was born in Jarrow, Tyneside, and now lives in Blaydon. His six previous poetry collections include The Time Office: New and Selected Poems, published by Red Squirrel Press in 2012. He has had over a dozen plays and musicals staged at the Customs House in South Shields. His short stories have been published in magazines including Dream Catcher and Chimera, and on BBC Radio 4.