Alex Wheatle, Children's author

Writer’s tale of turnaround fires students’ imagination

Gifted writers from The Radclyffe School learnt more about storytelling from children’s author Alex Wheatle.

The event at the Z Arts centre in Manchester was an taster for the Manchester Children’s Book Festival in June. Alex was reading from his book Crongton Knights, set on a fictional housing estate, and then answered students’ questions about his writing and what inspires him to create stories.

As a result of the event, students will be taking part in an exciting literature project, leading to a performance at Manchester Central Library as part of the Manchester Literature Festival in October.

Year 8 student Aman Ahmed said he enjoyed finding out about Alex’s story, how his life had changed and he had developed. Taiwo Alimi added, “He was very honest and what he said was really well presented; he acted out his story and even taught us a song that he had written”.

Asked what lesson they could take from the visit, student Quratulain Channa said, “We learnt that our childhood doesn’t totally shape our future, we can take opportunities and change things for the better.” Taiwo added, “It gave us the message that if you have an opportunity, try to grasp it when you are young”.

Teacher of English Helen Howell said, “The visit was a great opportunity for the students to hear Alex Wheatle’s story. He was inspiring to listen to and we are already looking forward to being involved in the festival later this year.”

10 May 2016

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