Tony Walsh, also known as Longfella, is one of Britain’s most renowned and widely in-demand professional poets. A former Poet in Residence for Glastonbury Festival and a regular on tv and radio, Tony performs and teaches nationally and internationally from his base in Manchester in England’s North West. His work has been published in the USA, translated into Russian, broadcast on French tv and performed everywhere from The RSC’s 50th anniversary celebrations and The British Library, to The Palace of Science and Culture in Warsaw, Poland. Tony was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in 2016 and is also a member of The Poetry Society, The Society of Authors and the National Association of Writers in Education.
A passionate educator, Tony has led acclaimed, inspirational workshops for organisations as diverse as The Prince’s Teaching Institute, The Prince’s Trust, BBC Blast, Youth Dance England, Manchester Business School, Ledbury Poetry Festival and The National Football Museum. He works in a huge variety of schools, colleges and universities each year as well as at international festivals, in prisons, with charities and companies, and with socially excluded groups of all kinds.
His acclaimed first collection of poetry, SEX & LOVE & ROCK&ROLL was published by award-winning indie press Burning Eye in 2013 and has attracted a growing host of five star reader reviews and celebrity fans.