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.