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Andy Willoughby

Andy Willoughby

About Andy Willoughby

Andy Willoughby is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Teesside University. He has been performing his poetry/spoken word and musical collaborations nationally and internationally since 1996. Performances include support slots for Mark Stewart & The Mafia, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Tony Harrison, Francesca Beard and Matt Caley. He was Middlesbrough's Poet Laureate 2003 - 2004. For six years he was the co-director and MC of The Hydrogen Jukebox Cabaret of the Spoken Word in Darlington. He has had poetry and plays commissioned by New Word Order Cabaret, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, The Primary Care Trust, Helsinki City Council, Den Haag City Council amongst others, and has performed at many venues including The Poetry Café - London, Kiasma Museum of Modern Art - Helsinki, The Haganum Festival -Holland, The Conference of Finno-Ugric Writers in Khanty-Mansisk Siberia, and The Morden Tower, Newcastle.

His poems have appeared in various anthologies including Oral: An Anthology of British Performance Poetry (Sceptre Press 1999), War on War (Sub Press 2004), The Flesh of The Bear (Ek Zuban 2004). His collections include The Wrong California: Middlesbrough Poet Laureate Poems (Mudfog 2004), Tough (Smokestack Books 2006). He has published a bi-lingual collaboration with the renowned Finnish writer Riina Katajavuori Peripheries (Ek Zuban 2007) and his travelogue and poetry piece "Den Haag Crows and Herons" is due to be published in Holland in the anthology "Poets on Location" ( Brewery Press 2009). His work has been translated into Japanese, Finnish, Italian, Swedish, Karelian, Russian and Dutch.

In the news

  • Murder, mystery and `Killer Cocktails' served up for Tees Valley book festival
    North East Connected, 22/05/2017
    Teesside University lecturer Andy Willoughby will lead a workshop investigating ways in which we can open the past with creative writing.


  • Teesside's steelmaking heritage
    BBC Tees, 26/10/2016
    Internationally known poet, writer and Teesside University academic Andy Willoughby comments on a project to celebrate the region's steelmaking history


  • The murdered furnace
    Northern Echo, 22/02/2016
    Senior lecturer, Andy Willoughby has had a 55-page poem in a warts and all tribute to the Teesside Steel industry.


  • Lecturers' Finnish gig comes home
    The Evening Gazette, 19/10/2015
    Bob Beagrie & Andy Willoughby launched the Finnish version of Sampo: Heading Further North.


  • Murder in the library
    Evening Gazette, 09/06/2015
    Murder in the Ref is the result of a creative writing course run by two Teesside University lecturers.


  • Teesside heritage to take centre stage
    Northern Echo web 13.03.16;Northern Echo North Edition 14.03.16;
    Bob Beagrie and Andy Willoughby, to develop ten minute play and short monologues based on research into Teesside’s history, locations and heritage. Murder in Ref Crossing the Tees Festival 


  • Poetry by heart at Middlesbrough Central Library
    Love Middlesbrough (Web), 27/03/2013
    Middlesbrough Central Library is hosting an evening of poetry this Thursday (March 28) from 6.30pm. The historic library has been chosen to host the county finals of the Poetry By Heart competition be


  • Play day highlights emerging writers
    Evening Gazette, 11/05/2012, p.13; Gazette Live (Web), 11/05/2012
    Writer and director Andy Willoughby is currently a senior part-time lecturer at Teesside University where he runs the writing into dramatic space MA module and other creative writing courses.