Alex Wheatle - Author Visit

Alex Wheatle, winner of The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and MBE for services to literature, visited our library to talk to groups of students from years 8 to 10. He told them all about his challenging childhood circumstances, growing up in the care system, and how it led to his involvement in the Brixton riots in 1981 and the life-changing moment he discovered the power of reading. Students found inspiration in his tale, with comments such as:

 “Today I understood the importance of reading.”
 “I use to hate books until I read Alex Wheatle (‘Crongton Knights’).”
 “Today was interesting and inspiring. It makes me want to read. It makes me want to do something in my future.”
 “Interesting and reassuring. It doesn’t matter what your story is – it’s never too late to start doing what you love.”

All students who attended were gifted books which they got signed by the author; they then enjoyed participating in a writing activity led by Alex. Alex Wheatle is a strong role model who demonstrates that you can achieve great things with hard work, determination and hope.