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Event 46 Alex Wheatle: Straight Outta Crongton

Saturday 3 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Authors: Alex Wheatle
Mo has to survive a difficult home, the dangerous South Crong streets – and when things get really bad, her own urge for revenge…

Brixton Bard Alex Wheatle, winner of the Guardian Children’s Prize, had a challenging childhood in the UK care system, and has gone on to become a celebrated writer, active in promoting diverse voices in literature. His Crongton series – Liccle Bit, Crongton Knights and the latest book Straight Outta Crongton – tells the story of teenagers growing up in a fictional tough London estate. Streetwise humour and tenderness shine through as the characters struggle to hold on to their dreams.

Alex will be in conversation with Robert Mitchell.

Language: English

Age Group: 15+

Alex Wheatle: Straight Outta Crongton

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Event 143 Singing from the Page: Lemn Sissay & Alex Wheatle

Friday 2 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Khayma, InterContinental

The language in Alex Wheatle’s Crongton Knights ‘sings from the page’ according to fellow author David Almond, one of the judges who awarded the book the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.

What makes language sing? Wheatle is joined by his friend Lemn Sissay, the acclaimed poet whose words sing whether on page, spoken out loud or painted on buildings as one of his famous landmark poems. Together they discuss the power of words to inspire and provoke.

Lemn Sissay’s poetry is famous for delivering truth with a surprising turn of phrase, and his performances of his work leave audiences awestruck.

Alex Wheatle is the author of the Crongton trilogy, set in a fictional estate that’s brought to life by its own characteristic vernacular.

This panel will be moderated by Julia Wheeler.

Language: English

Singing from the Page: Lemn Sissay & Alex Wheatle

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