Michael Mohammed Ahmad
is director of SWEATSHOP: Western Sydney Literacy Movement and a member of the Western Sydney University Writing and Society Research Centre.
Michael Mohammed Ahmad is director of SWEATSHOP: Western Sydney Literacy Movement and a member of Western Sydney University Writing and Society Research Centre. In 2012 he received the Australia Council Kirk Robson Award for his work in community cultural development.
Mohammed’s debut novel The Tribe (2014, Giramondo) earned him the 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelists of the Year Award and was adapted for the stage by Urban Theatre Projects for the Sydney Festival 2015 and Belvoir Theatre in 2016.
The voices and stories of Ahmad, Polites and Carman work incredibly well together to create an interwoven picture of the lives of these young men in the suburbs of their youth. In this respect, Three Jerks cuts through the homogeneity of media images by introducing us to characters from distinctly different backgrounds, occupying the same streets and engaging in different ways.
‘There were 1200 students at Punchbowl Boys High School in 1985. That year a brick was hurled at Mr Stratton’s head and a gradual process of expulsions began so that by the time I arrived at the school in 1998, there were only 299 students left.’