Alex Wheatle

Born in London to Jamaican parents on the 3rd January, 1963 Alex Wheatle spent most of his childhood in social services care. A huge fan of reggae, in his mid-teens Alex was a founding member of the Crucial Rocker sound system where he wrote lyrics for performances in community halls, youth clubs and blues dances in South London. Winnner of the London Arts Board Writers Prize in 2000, and The Guardian’s Children’s fiction award in 2016, Alex is the author of Brixton Rock, Liccle Bit, Crongton Knights and Straight Outta Crongton, his newest book, Cane Warriors, was published in October 2020.