The Wrong California
This is Andy Willoughby’s first collection, produced whilst the fourth Middlesbrough Poet Laureate. Hailing from Grangetown, he is co-director of Hydrogen Jukebox at Darlington and known for his work as freelance poet, playwright and performer of the spoken word. Readers will find here Willoughby ‘s powerful performance pieces, popular football poems and a range of work with an authentic Teesside voice, lilting from the back streets of the post-industrial landscape to a dying fall over Eston Hills
About Andy Willoughby
Andy Willoughby is a poet and playwright from Middlesbrough, he is a director of Ek Zuban Press and Literature Development and Editor of Kenaz magazine. He works on a number of social and educational projects as a writer/director and lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Teesside. He performs his work, often with music, all over Europe and the UK, and runs Writing Visions Poetry Cabaret in Middlesbrough with fellow poet and Ek Zuban director Bob Beagrie.He has published 3 books -The Wrong California (Mudfog 2004) Tough (Smokestack 2005) and Peripheries – a collaborative bilingual pamphlet with Finnish poet Riina Katajavuori (Ek Zuban 2006).
Much of his poetry is inspired by the history and natural beauty of the northern landscapes and regular travel abroad has deepened his appreciation of how human beings affect and are affected by their environment.