'The unofficial poet laureate of the north.' Northern Echo
'His Englishness resides in working-class and local concerns, unselfconscious while being consciously part of a Shelleyan political tradition.' The North
'His rhyming verse far surpasses that of some of the fashionable rhymsters.' Penniless Press
'Croft is attached to a radical tradition in English thought that has become almost completely lost ... By speaking of hope in a world of threat, by sustaining irony in the face of defeat, by satirising the enemies of love and by using wit and poetic skill to make real the alternatives, Andy Croft gives the English radical tradition its latest and freshest expression.' Terrible Work
Andy Croft's books include Red Letter Days, Out of the Old Earth, A Weapon in the Struggle, Selected Poems of Randall Swingler, Comrade Heart and thirty-two books for teenagers, mostly about football. He has edited, with Adrian Mitchell, an anthology of British socialist poetry, Red Sky at Night. His previous books of poetry include Nowhere Special, Gap Between Hills (with Mark Robinson), Headland, Just as Blue and Great North. He is currently Writer-in-Residence at HMP Holme House, Stockton.