This web site is dedicated to the Chess Champion, author,
playwright, boxer, poet John Healy and his powerful
autobiography The Grass Arena. The Grass Arena was
turned into an award winning film by the BBC in 1991 and
catapulted to movie making fame Gillies Mackinnon.
The film also established (Art Director of the Globe theatre)
Mark Rylance as an actor; winning Rylance the Radio Times
Best Newcomer Award for his film role as John Healy.
The Grass Arena is a compelling and gritty film; it portrays
forcefully John Healy's struggle through vagrancy, alcoholism
and prison and finally his move into the world of chess where
he finds salvation.
This web site's hope therefore is to promote John Healy to a
much wider community.