Tom Kelly



Tom Kelly was born in Jarrow, Tyneside and now lives happily further up the Tyne at Blaydon.

He has had a varied career from his first job in a shipyard time-office; to writing the BBCTV Arena musical documentary Kelly with Alan Price. And after a variety of jobs, a publishing contract as a lyricist and a late degree he worked for twenty-five years as a drama lecturer at South Tyneside College.

He has six collections of poetry, his most recent being his New and Selected poems, ‘The Time Office’ published by Red Squirrel Press and launched in February 2012.

He has over a dozen plays and musicals produced at the Customs House, South Shields and two plays commissioned and produced by the Workers Educational Association.

He has recently written, narrated and co-directed a number of documentary films (with Gary Wilkinson) including Little Ireland, Jarrow Voices, Tyne Dock Borders and War on South Tyneside.

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 which will tour in 2013.

Visit Tom Kelly reads from the The Time Office.


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I Know Their Footsteps

The Time Office