News archive for September 2012

Paul Duane’s documentary, BARBARIC GENIUS, about the extraordinary life of writer, chess-master and ex-boxer John Healy, whose searing memoir THE GRASS ARENA, which centres on the fifteen years John spent on the streets as a homeless alcoholic, won the J R Ackerley Award for Literary Autobiography, has been selected as one of the final four in running for the Best Newcomer Documentary for Grierson 2012: The British Documentary Awards. The winner is to be announced at an awards ceremony at Leicester Square Odeon on November 6th. The film will be aired on Sky Arts 2 on 16th Nov at 9pm.

In an interview with John on Radio 3’s Night Waves Matthew Sweet described THE GRASS ARENA as “One of the great works of the 20th century”.

**** "Paul Duane has created an enthralling documentary...Healy is a lonely, haunted, brilliant man... a gripping study", Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"John Healy has a story worth telling... an absorbing film"Philip French, The Observer 

**** "This documentary about author John Healy is a must-see if you like dark revisionist

"A fascinating if stubbornly enigmatic subject for a documentary... absorbing" Tim Robey, the Telegraph 

"The fascinating tale of a modern hellraiser, ‘Barbaric Genius’ proves that the spirit of Hemingway is still alive and kicking" Time Out

The fifth series of Shine TV's hugely popular fantasy adventure series MERLIN is currently being aired on BBC1. There are thirteen episodes in the series, many of which were written by our very own Julian Jones.   


Clare Morrall’s wonderful new novel THE ROUNDABOUT MAN is published in paperback this month by Sceptre with a beautiful new cover design and a collection of rave quotes and reviews from earlier hardback publication. Her many fans will be fascinated by the story of reclusive Quinn Smith,  who has found refuge on a motorway roundabout away from unwanted fame as the subject of bestselling childrens’ books, written by his own mother.