Glasgow Eyes today visits the Miscarriages Of Justice Organisation (MOJO), based in Glasgow. The charity was founded and set up by Paddy Joe Hill, one of the members of the Birmingham Six who were wrongly convicted of the Birmingham pub bombings – one of the most appalling miscarriages of justice in British history. As a result, Paddy and the other members of the Birmingham six served nearly 100 years in prison between them before being released in 1991.
Paddy Hill has worked and campaigned relentlessly since his release to make sure that there is never another case of injustice such as his. In 2001 – ten years on from his release – MOJO was founded and it has grown from strength to strength in both fighting for justice and providing a voice for those who have been affected by miscarriages of justice in the United Kingdom.
Today, on the 27th anniversary of Paddy Hill’s release from prison, we speak to Martin Chomsky & MOJO’s Cathy Molloy & Paul McLaughlin about the new play that has been written by Martin and co-produced with Fair Play. This powerful play, called ‘Paddy Hill – Inside Out’, gives an insight into Paddy’s story, detailing some of his innermost horrendous and heartfelt feelings.
To date there has been two readings of the play, one which took place in Birmingham and the other in Glasgow. Martin and Paul have developed a crowdfunding page offering supporters and pledgers the chance to become involved. There are a number of different ways to donate, whether it be by donating £10 to have your name on the programme to purchasing a limited edition t-shirt or print signed by Paddy and the artist which will enable the play to be taken to the next level and show it in Glasgow & Birmingham. For our readers are interested in finding out more you can do so by following this link: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/paddy-hill-inside-out-theatre-tour/.
Glasgow Eyes will be watching the growth of the play closely and having been present as a guest to one of the Glasgow readings I think this is a story that most definitely needs to be told.
On a lighter note MOJO’s Alabama 3 aftershow party is being hosted by the very inspirational Cathy Molloy at Glasgow’s Wild Cabaret & Wicked Lounge on Friday 23rd March, these parties are legendary and all ticket proceeds go to MOJO, if you haven’t been to one yet and you enjoy live music It is a must, you don’t know what you are missing. Glasgow Eyes will be there when the fun begins…we look forward to seeing you all!