Tom Kelly was born in Jarrow, Tyneside, and now lives further up the Tyne in Blaydon. His six poetry collections include his most recent The Time Office: New and Selected Poems from Red Squirrel Press published in 2012. In addition he has had over a dozen plays and musicals staged at the Customs House in nearby South Shields. His short stories have been published in magazines including Dream Catcher and Chimera, and on BBC Radio 4. He now writes full-time and works on creative writing projects, most recently Men of the Tyne for the Customs House, commemorating those who worked on the river through monologues, songs and film.