Andrew Franks was born in Eastbourne in the early sixties, a skimming stone’s throw away from Soul Bay. He has worked in local government, theatre, as an English language teacher, a cycle courier in London, a musician and for magazine and newspaper companies around the world. He currently lives on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, where he hosts a weekly radio show ‘London Calling’ on 2rrr, plays guitar in ‘The Freds’, recites his poetry on a regular basis at the Bonfire @ Desire evenings in Manly’s Desire Books and paints pictures of Beachy Head lighthouse in his spare time.
First inspired to write poetry after long nights drinking coffee and eating toast listening to The Pop Group, A Certain Ratio and Prince Buster with fellow members of the Daffy Duck Commando Squad. His first poems were printed in Eastbourne’s seminal new wave fanzine Spectrum. He has subsequently written comprehensively about cricket for JM96* and Inside Edge. He has also written for Cosmopolitan & Elle Decoration amongst others as a sports, travel and music journalist.
‘Scratched in the stars, sprawled on the sand’, his first collection of poetry was published by Soul Bay Press in 2009. His second ‘The last of the great British traitors’ in 2011. He has also contributed ‘Engels’ Ashes’ to the Soul Bay short story compilation ‘Thirteen’, published in October 2013. His third collection of poetry ‘Sunflower Casanova’ is due to be published by SBP in the Autumn of 2016.
He is a founder of the English Beach Poets Society whose occasional output can be followed at English Beach Poets Society
You can also catch up on latest gigs, aborted projects and new releases at Andrew’s website.