Authors Live: Unheard Voices

Join us on Authors Live for an engaging discussion about the unheard voices in the writing industry and why it’s important for young people to make their voices heard.

We will be joined by  Alex Wheatle, author of the award-winning Crongton sequence, Scottish rapper Dave Hook from hip hop band Stanley Odd, and Ayisha Malik,  author of Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged, who has also worked as an editor and publicist. You can find out more about our panellists below.

Register now to tune in with your class for a conversation about the barriers that can stop our voices from being heard, such as class, age, family background, race, and nationality, and find out how these factors have given our panellists a unique perspective that they can share in their writing.

Groups who sign up below will also:

  • Get the opportunity to submit questions for our panel to answer, so get thinking about what you would like to know!
  • Be entered into our giveaway to win some books for their school, written by our panellists

Date: Thursday 25 January 2018

Time: 11am-11.40am

Age Group: The event is pitched at an S3-S6 conversation level, but younger viewers are more than welcome. 

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Alex Wheatle was born in 1963 to Jamaican parents living in Brixton and spent most of his childhood in a Surrey children's home. He returned to Brixton in 1977 where he founded the Crucial Rocker sound system. He spent a short stint in prison following the Brixton uprising of 1981. Following his release, he continued to write poems and lyrics and became known as the Brixton Bard. Alex's first novel, Brixton Rock, was published to critical acclaim in 1999. Alex is representing English PEN, and tours the country with his one-man show, UPRISING. He teaches in various places, including Lambeth College; holds workshops in prisons; and is frequently invited to schools to speak to students, inspiring in them with his own story a passion for literature. He was awarded an MBE for services to literature in 2008. His first YA novel, Liccle Bit, was published by Atom in 2015 to wide acclaim. His second YA, Crongton Knights, was published the following year and won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award 2016. Alex writes for national press, including the Guardian and Independent, and appears regularly on TV and radio. Alex lives with his family in South London. 

Dave Hook is the frontman of hip hop band Stanley Odd, which has toured extensively throughout the UK and released albums with Circular Records. He is also a freelance sound engineer and producer, lecturing in recording studio theory and practice. In 2016, Dave toured secondary schools in Scotland as part of the Book Week Scotland Roadshow, inspiring teenagers to share their stories and opinions through writing and music. Dave lives with his family near Glasgow.

Ayisha Malik is a British Muslim born and raised in South London. She has spent various spells teaching, photocopying, volunteering, being a publicist and an editor. Her debut novel, Sofia Khan is Not Obliged, was met with great critical acclaim. Ayisha has also ghost-written The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters with Great British Bake Off winner, Nadiya Hussain. Her short story in anthology A Change Is Gonna Come titled  ‘A Refuge’ is her first foray into writing young adult fiction.