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Afternoon Tea with Alex Wheatle; Hosted by Samantha Williams

15 July @ 14:30 BST

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Grab a cuppa and find out more about the award-winning writer Alex Wheatle MBE. Alex is a YA novelist, poet and playwright. His life story features in Alex Wheatle, the fourth BBC film in the Steve McQueen anthology Small Axe.

Alex will be in conversation with Samantha Williams of This is Book Love. They will discuss his work, creative routine and how authors can reach out and connect to readers.

This event is supported by the SoA’s Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group and will take place on online via Zoom Webinar. The link will be sent to registered attendees.


  • 2 minutes – Welcome from Samantha Williams
  • 5-15 minutes – Discussion with Alex Wheatle about his work and career, and glimpse into his creative routine
  • 10 minutes – Advice for authors on staying creative and connected during the pandemic
  • 10-15 minutes – Q&A from audience

Send us your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions for Alex Wheatle in advance, email jmccrum@societyofauthors.org  with ‘Alex Wheatle – Question’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and try to answer as many as we can on the day.

SoA @ Home Fundraising Bookshop

Browse our virtual Bookshop.org and Blackwell’s stores featuring books by authors and speakers taking part in the SoA @ Home Festival. When you make a purchase using our affiliate links a percentage will go to the Authors’ Contingency Fund, providing hardship grants to authors in financial difficulty.

Plus, get 10% off all books on www.thisisbooklove.com using the code BookLoveSocOfAuthors

The line up

Alex Wheatle – Novelist

Alex Wheatle is the author of several acclaimed novels including the modern classic Brixton Rock, and the multi-award-winning young adult titles Home Girl, Cane Warriors and the Crongton series. Plays include Shame & Scandal and the one-man autobiographical performance Uprising.

Alex was born in Brixton to Jamaican parents, and spent most of his childhood in a Surrey children’s home. Following a short stint in prison following the Brixton uprising of 1981, he wrote poems and lyrics and became known as the Brixtonbard. His life story up to and just after the Brixton uprising features in Alex Wheatle, the fourth BBC film in Small Axe, an anthology of films by Steve McQueen.

Alex has been twice nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, and is currently shortlisted for the YA Book Prize. Alex was awarded an MBE for services to literature in 2008.

Twitter: @brixtonbard | Website: www.alexwheatle.com

Samantha Williams – Founder, This Book is Love

After 15 years of working in the media and with no publishing experience whatsoever, the frustrations Samantha Williams encountered regarding the lack of diversity and cultural representation in TV and in books motivated her to create Book Love. The award-winning book carnival, now into its fourth year, sources global multicultural content for both children and adults. Book Love travels to schools, markets, festivals and places of work up and down the country helping teachers and people find the best culturally diverse books and toys available.

Website: www.thisisbooklove.com

About the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group

The Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group is the largest of all the Society of Authors’ special interest groups with more than 1,300 members. It was founded in the 1960s to address challenges facing writers and illustrators and advocate for better industry standards. It is run by an elected committee of nine authors who lead campaigns, develop resources and organise events. Every Group member can give up to three Reading for Pleasure Awards a year to hard-working and imaginative schools for their promotion of reading for pleasure. Find out more here


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All our Afternoon Teas are free to everyone but, if you can afford it, we recommend a minimum £5 donation to the Authors’ Contingency Fund to help us support authors facing financial hardship during the health crisis. DONATE HERE


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With at least 57% of authors facing financial losses during the pandemic, we have helped people struggling financially due to contractual, employment and event cancellations, others who have lost income due to illness, and others prevented from working because of caring responsibilities.

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15 July
14:30 BST
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