Beyond the Pale

Farrell Cleary


Auckland radical activist tells all … er, well, quite a lot



“He was on Aotea, Great Barrier Island, the night the Tiri sank; performed guerrilla theatre on the steps of Parliament; got arrested in Auckland for throwing a flower at a policeman; was a fruit-picker and railway worker in Australia, and thrown into a Black Maria in Melbourne; acted with Rough Theatre in London, was arrested yet again at a demo in London while working as a solicitor’s clerk, taught English at the Dublin School in Barcelona; was Equity union rep in Auckland; acted in Noh drama in Japan, went to Northern Ireland in the wake of the Troubles; fought for employment rights and against nuclear warships in Japan; has been a kaitautoko at Ihumātao … and it’s all true!

“These fantastical, fascinating tales of living a life are not fantasy. Eat your hearts out, Jack Kerouac and Marco Polo — Farrell Cleary has tales to tell!”

About the author

Farrell Cleary was born in Kaikōura in 1948 and has lived in Hāmua, Fairlie, Ōamaru, Auckland, Melbourne, Paris, London, Barcelona, Turin, Kumamoto, Aix-en-Provence and Tsu. In 1982 he met Yuko Takahashi; they married in 1984 and live in Mt Eden.