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The cover of Sticky

Andy Croft

‘Andy Croft helps to keep us cheerful.’
Penniless Press

Sticky is a book of poems about an age of imperial slaughter already sticky with blood and lies. Sticks and stones may break our bones, but depleted uranium really hurts us.

Sticky is a book about the stuck and the sticky, the straight and the crooked. Armed with only a pile of spooky sticks and a sticky file of spooks, Andy Croft sets off in search of the Land of Righteousness. He gets the wrong end of the stick in Vulgaria and finds himself in a sticky situation in Mudfog. When he meets the ghosts of Brecht, Bunyan and Baron Munchausen by the banks of the river Styx he realizes he can’t stick it any more. This is poetry for the pessimistick.

‘Wit and brio.’ The Guardian

‘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


'Andy Croft is an unreconstructed leftie of the old school, a fine poet who writes very skilfully in carefully formulated metrical stanzas and whose knack for resigned satire is possibly about to enjoy something of a resurgence' 

 Steve Spence, Stride Magazine, Oct 2011 

‘[...] there’s a grand tradition of British poetry that ranges from Byron and before right through to music hall performers like Billy Bennett, and yes, dare I say it, Pam Ayres, that acknowledge the power of rhyme. I don’t think Andy Croft will object to being included in a line of popular poetry that pulls in all these people, […] he himself can do it skilfully.’

Jim Burns, Ambit, Issue 199

‘This is fine stuff, the voice lilting but infinitely sad. This is Picardy with roses blooming again.’

Tears in the Fence

To buy this book:

Sticky costs £8.00 and was published in April 2009.
ISBN: 978-1-906601-05-8

Andy Croft

Andy Croft lives in Middlesbrough, where he has been active for many years in community writing projects. Writing Residencies include the Hartlepool Headland, the Great North Run and HMP Holme House. His verse-play about the history of Middlesbrough, Smoke! was shown at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2004.

His books include Red Letter Days, Out of the Old Earth, A Weapon in the Struggle, Selected Poems of Randall Swingler, Holme and Away, Comrade Heart and forty-four books for teenagers, mostly about football.

His books of poetry include Nowhere Special, Gaps Between Hills (with Mark Robinson), Headland, Just as Blue, Great North, Comrade Laughter, Sticky and two anthologies, Red Sky at Night (edited with Adrian Mitchell) and North by North East (edited with Cynthia Fuller).

He writes a regular poetry column in the Morning Star and runs Smokestack Books.


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