Alex Wheatle

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Saturday 25th Sept. 4pm - 5pm bst(Online)

Alex Wheatle, Brixton Bard and acclaimed young-adult fiction writer, introduces his latest novel, Cane Warriors. 

Alex Wheatle is the author of numerous acclaimed novels, many of them inspired by experiences from his childhood. Born in Brixton to Jamaican parents, he spent most of his childhood in a Surrey children’s home. Following a stint in prison after the Brixton Uprising of 1981, he wrote poems and lyrics and became known as the Brixton Bard. Film-maker Steve McQueen based an episode of his 2020 Small Axe series on Alex’s life. Alex won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, has been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and was awarded an MBE for services to literature in 2008. 

Alex’s Crongton series  of Young Adult novels is being turned into a TV series while the theatre adaptation of Crongton Knights has toured extensively. His latest novel, Cane Warriors, is a compelling story of courage, brotherhood and hope, which follows the true-life slave rebellion known as Tacky’s War in 18th-century Jamaica through the eyes of one boy. 

Cane Warriors will be available through WayWORD festival bookshop in September ahead of its wider publication. You heard it here first!  

Picture courtesy of Penguin Random House

Image courtesy of Penguin Random House