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Popular writer's plays published
Tom Hadaway
Mr Hadaway's plays have been widely performed
Works by one of the north-east of England's favourite playwrights are being published for the first time.

The Prison Plays, by Tom Hadaway, were inspired by his time as Durham Prison's first writer in residence in 1986.

He has won acclaim for his plays and is perhaps best known for his work on the 1970s series When The Boat Comes In.

The four plays, which have been widely performed but never before published, are being put into print by the University of Sunderland Press.

The four plays being published are Yesterday's Children, Long Shadows, The Vicious Circle and Postcard from God.

'Important works'

The driving force behind them being published is actress and Sunderland University lecturer Val McLane, who is a friend of Mr Hadaway's.

She said: "I have a lot of respect for Tom's writing and I noticed that a lot of his work had not been published, which is criminal for such an important North East playwright.

"Tom's prison plays are important contemporary works about the prison system which were inspired by his experiences as a prison tutor.

"Tom felt compelled to write them and they are compulsive and compelling reading."

She worked extensively with Mr Hadaway to compile the book, often working from his original handwritten notes.

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