CRITICALLY acclaimed author Alex Wheatle MBE delivered a memorable author session to schoolchildren from across Stockton Borough at Conyers School in Yarm yesterday (Thursday 27 April).
Organised by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Libraries service, Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize award winner, Alex Wheatle, captivated the imagination of pupils from North Shore Academy, Northfield School and Sports College, Ian Ramsey Academy and Grangefield Academy.
The schoolchildren were treated to excerpts from his new young adult novel, ‘Straight Outta Crongton’, which uses the streets of London as a literary backdrop and tells the tale of lead character, Mo.
Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “This was another wonderful author session organised by our Libraries service that always strive to put on events that will stoke the imagination of our schoolchildren and hopefully inspire them to continue a lifelong love of literature.
“Alex is a very accomplished and acclaimed author, so it was a real privilege to have a writer of such standing holding such an intimate session and signing of his new novel here in the Borough.”
Alex Wheatle’s first novel ‘Brixton Rock’ was published to critical acclaim in 1999 and Alex received an MBE for services to literature in 2008.