Posted on 9th September 2015

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Alex Wheatle announced as Guest Editor

We are thrilled to announce that Alex Wheatle will be joining us as Guest Editor on over the next month. Check the website, Twitter and Facebook feeds for his articles the first of which will be posted later this week.

Our previous Guest Editors have been Simon SavidgeDavid HebblethwaiteKaite WelshAnita SethiNaomi Frisby and Adventures with Words duo, Kate Neilan and Rob Chilver.

Portrait by Jeannine Mansell

Born in London of Jamaican parents, Alex’s first book, Brixton Rock(1999), tells the story of a 16-year old boy of mixed race, in 1980s Brixton. Brixton Rock was adapted for the stage and performed at the Young Vic in 2010. Its sequel, Brenton Brown, was published in 2011.

His second novel, East of Acre Lane (2001), has a similar setting, and won a London Arts Board New Writers Award. A prequel, Island Songs, set in Jamaica, was published in 2005,  and a sequel, Dirty South, in 2008.

Other novels include In The Seven Sisters (2002), in which the scene moves to Surrey in 1976, where four boys escape from an abusive life in a children’s home; and Checkers  (2003), written with Mark Parham, was published in 2003.

In 2010, he wrote the one-man autobiographical performance, Uprising.

Alex Wheatle lives in London. He was awarded an MBE for services to literature in 2008.

He can be found on Twitter @brixtonbard.


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