DRUGS, JAIL, AND A STORY SMUGGLED OUT OF PRISON – THE AMAZING REVELATIONS AND NEW LIFE OF AUTHOR, PUBLIC SPEAKER AND TV CELEBRITY SHAUN ATTWOOD

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Almost a year ago, a softly-spoken young man walked into a Woking Writers Circle meeting and began reading the kind of story we had never heard before. It was an account, splattered with expletives, of his time of an American jail, and the characters he had come across there. At first it was hard to believe. But when we went home that night and googled Shaun Attwood, we discovered it was all true – his stockmarket success, and the drug dealing that upset the Mafia and led to his incarceration. He has written the following books about his story – Party Time, Hard Time, Prison Time and a self-help book, Lessons. He is now preparing a new book for publication, about a killer who befriended him in prison, Two Tonys.  He is banned from America. He still comes to Woking Writers Circle meetings when he can, but he is Shaun Attwood (2)often away, talking to student audiences across the UK and Europe about his jail experience and the consequences he faced after getting involved in drugs and crime. He has appeared on TV worldwide, speaking about issues affecting prisoners’ rights. His writing, smuggled out of a jail in Arizona with the highest death rate in America, turned the spotlight on conditions there: dead rats in the food, cockroaches in his ears at night, murders by guards and gang members. Shaun recently co-hosted Prison Night on Channel 4, a countdown of the top 10 prison movies as voted by UK prisoners – his  fellow hosts were other ex-inmates. His story, Locked Up Abroad ‘Raving Arizona’, on National Geographic Channel, was broadcast to 40 countries, and seen by 50 million viewers. Shaun said of his relationship with Woking Writers Circle: “Reading aloud to the members of WWC puts my writing under intense scrutiny. The eclectic mix of people at WWC provide a broad range of feedback that works like magic to improve my prose. I’m grateful to the members for helping to weed out my errors and their constant invaluable advice on all literary matters.” You can find out more about Shaun on his own website

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