Tom Kelly was born in Jarrow and now lives very happily further up the Tyne at Blaydon. He has had eight poetry collections and one short story pamphlet; this is his first full-length short story collection. In addition he has had a great deal of his stage work produced by the Customs House, South Shields, a venue he regards as home, including the musicals, The Dolly Mixtures, Geordie, Tom & Catherine, Dan Dare, The Machine Gunners (all but Geordie written with John Miles). His plays include Ride a White Swan, I Left My Heart In Roker Park, Baby Love, Family Ties, Nothing Like the Wooden Horse, I Love Kent Walton and the monologues Five By One, Love in NE32, Secrets and Talking Tom and a play for children, The Girl and the Unicorn In 2016 he was a runner- up in the Journal Culture Awards, in the Writer of the Year category, for Geordie-The Musical which will be produced in October 2017 at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle. In the spring of 2016 his play Baby Love successfully toured the region and his eighth poetry collection, Spelk was published and has subsequently been re-printed by Red Squirrel Press. In 2017 his first story pamphlet, ‘The Last Clockwork Whippet on the Tyne’ was published. More recently he wrote and performed in a multi-media show, Down to the River (with music by Steve Thompson) which was staged at the Word, South Shields in January 2017. In June there will be a performed reading, at the Word, of a new musical, Jobling, again written with musician/songwriter, Steve Thompson.