Literacy Library Presents... An Evening with Kwame Alexander
Finding your story: the importance of choice, voice and personal narrative
Join award winning author Kwame Alexander as he explores the importance of writing and about the stories he’s written that have opened up a world of inspiration for children we’ve worked with, who have seen themselves reflected in his writing.
CLPE’s Charlotte Hacking and Darren Matthews will share CLPE’s most recent research into the importance of children having opportunities to see themselves and their lives in children’s literature and to explore their own personal stories in their writing and have these valued as a vital part of their writing experience.
This will be followed by an in conversation with Kwame, where he will share thoughts and insights into his inspirations, his creative processes and the appeal of his books to readers. All participants will receive a free copy of the CLPE pamphlet ‘Writing: What we Know Works.’
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 32 books, including The Undefeated, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, How to Read a Book, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, Swing, Rebound, which was shortlisted for prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal, and, his Newbery medal-winning middle grade novel, The Crossover which has just been published in a graphic novel edition.
Kwame is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Prize, Three NAACP Image Award Nominations, the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award, The Dominion Energy Strong Men and Women of Virginia, and The 2018 NEA Read Across America Ambassador.
Kwame’s belief in the power of poetry and literature to inspire, engage, and empower young people is the guiding force behind the #AllBooksForAllKids initiative he created in partnership with Follett.
Kwame is the Founding Editor of VERSIFY, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers whose mission to Change the World One Word at a Time.
He has led cultural exchange delegations to Brazil, Italy, Singapore, and Ghana, where he built the Barbara E. Alexander Memorial Library and Health Clinic, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy program he co-founded.
Registration and arrival: 6.30pm
Tickets for this event are £7.50 for non-Power of Reading Members and £5 for Members (look out for a discount code in your next Power of Reading newsletter).
Books will be available to buy on the night from Letterbox Library and Kwame will be available for signing after the event.
About Kwame Alexander
Kwame Alexander is a poet, children's book author, playwright, producer, public speaker, performer, and winner of the Newbery Medal for The Crossover. He conducts creative writing workshops in middle and high schools, often reaching more than five hundred students monthly. His novel-in-verse Booked was highly commended by the CLiPPA judges in 2017 and Rebound was published in 2018 and has been shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2019. He lives with his wife and two daughters in the Washington, D.C. area.