Tom Cleary, who was born in Ireland but now lives in Hebden Bridge, didn’t start writing poetry until he was 70.
In August this year, his first poetry book, The Third Miss Keane, was published by the small but well-known Scottish press, HappenStance.
Tom had previously taught in secondary schools in London, Manchester and Leeds, and lived for four years in Catalonia, where he and his wife taught English to adults, teenagers and small children.
During the last decade he was closely involved with the Open Mic Surgery acoustic music night at the Stubbing Wharf pub and in 2007 and 2008 with The World on Your Doorstep music festivals in Calder Holmes Park.
Afterwards, he started writing poetry. In 2011 he won the HappenStance/Writers Forum poetry competition. His prize was to have his poetry published in a pamphlet by HappenStance. In addition he has been published in a number of poetry magazines, and he has read his poems at various venues in the Calder Valley and Liverpool.
On Thursday, November 27, he will be reading from his book at a launch at the Stubbing Wharf, Hebden Bridge 8pm, free admission), accompanied by well known local poet, Gaia Holmes, who will read from her published collections.