Alex Wheatle visits EGA

Thursday 19 December 2019

In November, MBE author Alex Wheatle visited to talk to years 9 and 10 about his life from children’s home to award-winning author and how reading changed his life.

Born in 1963 to Jamaican parents living in Brixton,

Alex Wheatle spent most of his childhood in a Surrey children’s home. He spent a short stint in prison following the Brixton uprising of 1981. It was in prison where he discovered a pile of books, which he claims were to save his life.

Following his release from prison, he continued to write poems and lyrics and became known as the Brixtonbard. He was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to literature in 2008.


As the author of Liccle Bit, Crongton Knights and most recently, Home Girl’ Alex Wheatle - the ‘Brixton Bard’- is one of our most celebrated YA writers today.

A special thank you to Mr Wheatle for coming to EGA and inspiring our students.