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Michael Crowley is a writer and dramatist. Michael’s drama has been produced on stage in the UK and Australia, for BBC Radio and Sky Arts. He is the artistic director of The British Multitude Theatre Company and has worked extensively in youth and community theatre. He is based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. See more at michaelcrowley.co.uk.
Farood’s journey is one of pain and endurance across Pakistan, Iran and Turkey, in the boots of cars at border crossings and waiting with others in basements and trailers, afraid and confused.
We skip forward eight years to a prison where nineteen-year-old Farood is beginning a life sentence for a crime he says he didn’t commit. He can fight better than most, but it’s not easy negotiating a way through hierarchies and alliances on the wing.
Forever a captive, despite his will to escape, can Farood Abdali break the mould and forge a better life?
“Written with great compassion and insight, Baghlan Boy takes us to the margins and beyond. Despite its roots in the tragedies of war and exploitation, this is ultimately a story of optimism, unity and justice. An important novel by a bold, thoughtful author.” – John King, novelist and author of The Football Factory
Michael Crowley is a writer, dramatist, published poet and playwright whose first novel The Stony Ground was published in 2018. He is also the author of a textbook on criminology, Behind the Lines. Michael’s drama has been produced on stage in the UK and in Australia as well on BBC Radio and with Sky Arts. He is the artistic director of The British Multitude Theatre Company and has worked extensively in youth and community theatre, including with refugees and asylum seekers. He has also taught Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam and Edge Hill universities. Between 2007 and 2012 Michael was a writer in residence in a young offenders’ institute, conducting much of the research for Baghlan Boy during this time. He is based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. See more at michaelcrowley.co.uk.
A highly original narrative of exile and survival from rural England to New South Wales and the Tasman Sea filling a gap in the literature of transportation and dramatising a key period in British penal history.
‘A fascinating, compelling and important account of a violent and bloody history. It’s a real achievement – a thorough account of a whole life, framed by questions of economics, authority, social-class, church and Law—successfully occupying an imaginative space that feels both documentary and fictional’—Andy Croft, poet and novelist.
Michael Crowley is a writer and dramatist who has worked in theatre, youth theatre, prisons and elsewhere. He lives in West Yorkshire. His writings include The Man They Couldn’t Hang and Behind the Lines: Creative Writing with Offenders and People at Risk (both Waterside Press) and his poetry Close to Home and First Fleet.
You can read Michael Crowley's article "The James Ruse Story: An Epic Tale of Everyman" on his blog: michaelcrowley.blog.
What’s a fair punishment for stealing a watch?
It’s 1788 and Jacob Jones has been sentences to seven year’s labour in Australia. The work is hot, hard and dangerous.
Will Jacob find a way to escape? Or is there nowhere to run?
This book is particularly suitable for adults who want to improve their reading skills. It includes ‘What do you think?’ questions at the end of each chapter.
'A very useful resource for those working in difficult environments, with students who generally have low levels of traditional educational attainment, negative learning experiences and who, due to cultural and class barriers, are not accustomed to engaging with the arts, either in institutions or outside': Cormac Behan, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Sheffield.
‘Essential reading for anyone interested in the real challenges of rehabilitation’: Pat Jones, Director of the Prisoners Education Trust (2008-12).
‘Shows how you can turn the lead of anger and despair in prisoners into the gold of insight and creativity’: Oliver James, author.
‘Shows a sceptical world that [young offenders] are capable of reflection, of understanding what led them into the acts they have committed and the effects on other people and on themselves’: Alicia Stubbersfield, Poet and Koestler Award Judge.
‘A wake-up call to the educational system, which allows so many young people to leave school in the parlous position that he describes, and which creative writers up and down the country are devoting so much time and effort to mitigate’: David Ramsbotham.
Michael Crowley is a youth justice worker and writer. His works as a playwright include 'Beyond Omarska', 'The Man They Couldn't Hang' (published by Waterside Press 2010), and 'A Warning against Idle Gossip'. He has written for youth theatre and been writer in residence at a young offenders' institution for the last five years. He lives in West Yorkshire. Further details of his work and achievements can be viewed at michaelcrowley.co.uk