About the Author
Tony Walsh was born in 1965, where the industrial outskirts of east Manchester huddle in the shadow of the Pennines. The oldest of four children born to an Irish father and an English mother, he was seriously ill with rheumatic fever as an infant and grew up in a 1930s council house.
After dropping out of University and spending 18 months unemployed in the mid-1980s, he worked in an industrial bakery, a sausage factory and as a Post Office counter clerk until being tied up at gun-point in an armed robbery in 1991.
Re-training as a Housing Officer in the most deprived parts of North Manchester, his home throughout the 90s, he then managed housing and community projects across mainly inner-city Manchester and Salford for nearly twenty years.
A writer of poetry since the age of five, he read at his first open mic event in Manchester in 2004, performed at Glastonbury Festival the following year, and became a full-time writer in 2011. ‘Longfella’ is a reference to his height of 6 feet 5.
An avid music fan, he began hanging around the stage door of Manchester post-punk gigs in 1979, sharing a can of McEwan’s with The Jam’s Paul Weller when aged just 14. He’s been hanging around local music, poetry and fringe events ever since and is a featured artist in the Manchester District Music Archive.
Tony still lives in Greater Manchester with Helen, his wife and partner of nearly 30 years, and their teenage children, Joe and Katie. He performs his poetry at literary and music festivals around the UK and beyond, and leads acclaimed workshops in schools, colleges, universities and prisons. His work has been commissioned by BBC television and radio, published in magazines and anthologies in both the UK and USA, and translated into Russian.
‘SEX & LOVE & ROCK&ROLL’ is his first full collection.