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Book Launch: The Stony Ground by Michael Crowley

 

Date and Time: Sun, July 8, 2018 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM AEST

 

 

The Launch is FREE but you need to register on Evenbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-launch-the-stony-ground-tickets-46705445244 

 

Location:

Hawkesbury Regional Museum          8 Baker Street             Windsor, NSW 2756

 

                                                           

Michael Crowley is a UK based poet and playwright whose debut novel, The Stony Ground (Waterside Press) tells the story of Cornish farmworker James Ruse, reprieved from the hangman’s noose and transported to Botany Bay on the First Fleet in 1788.

 

Ruse, commemorated as a pioneer in his adopted country, was reputedly the first prisoner ashore, carrying an officer on his back. Eventually pardoned, at Experiment Farm he became Australia’s first settled farmer, the first ex-convict to be granted land and the first settler to become self-sufficient, bringing him into conflict with indigenous people.

 

In this gripping historical novel the life of Australia’s most symbolic convict is described in Ruse’s own voice.

 

In 2016 Smokestack Books published Michael's poetry collection First Fleet, a sequence of narrative verse in the voices of convicts, marines and Aboriginal people of 1788.

As a dramatist Michael has written for stage, screen and radio. He was previously writer in residence in a young offenders institution in Lancashire and continues to work in UK prisons often running session with prisoners on the penal settlement at Sydney Cove.

 

He has written a textbook on creative writing and rehabilitation, Behind the Lines published by Waterside Press.

 

 

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