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Photograph of Michael Hartley

1937 - 2024 R.I.P.

Michael was born on 19th June 1937 in Acocks Green, Birmingham and passed away on 14th February 2024 at University Hospital, Lewisham aged 86.

He was a member of AWL from 2004 to 2016, and attended nearly two hundred (almost all of our) meetings in those years.

His sons Andrew and Peter have welcomed this page in memory of their father.

Andrew is currently planning the funeral. Contact Paddy Gormley if you would like to receive further details, or if you wish to post your memories of Michael in the Tributes section at the foot of this page.

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Lawrence Audini
Alex Gregor
Man Too
Kirsty Bennett


Michael was one of the students whose short plays I brought to AWL in 2004. He joined my Exciting Writing classes in 2001 (I think) and never left. He was a fine operatic bass with Kent Opera and on BBC Television. Despite his loyalty to my class, and subsequently to AWL, I never heard him describe himself as a writer. Most of all, he seemed to enjoy the discussion and the social side of things. We both lived in South-East London, so he would offer me a lift home, and we would discuss the merits of the play just read. I was also privileged to be his ad hoc piano accompanist in occasional impromptu performances of his operatic repertoire. He was a lovely man, quiet and unassuming, who wore his talents lightly.

Paddy Gormley

Michael was definitely one of the regular faces I got to know when I first attended AWL. A quiet, reserved man, he was always warm and friendly, with a relaxed manner and a quiet gentle humour. I remember the twinkly smile he always gave us door volunteers. A true gentleman.

Robin Miller

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