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A Rage Explained

Short story by Alex Wheatle. In 1987, the writer visits Jamaica and meets his father for the first time since he was two. But the meeting is charged with conflicting emotions.

Alex Wheatle's autobiographical account of his first visit to Jamaica in 1987, where he met his father for the first time since being placed in a children's home at the age of two. But the meeting is charged with conflicting emotions.

Alex Wheatle was born to Jamaican parents living in London. At 18 he was involved in the Brixton uprising and went to prison for three months. On his release, he continued to perform as a DJ and MC under the name Yardman Irie, moving in the early '90s on to the performance poetry circuit as The Brixton Bard. Alex has written nine novels, including East of Acre Lane, and was awarded the MBE for services to literature in 2008. He has just won the Guardian Children's Fiction prize.

Writer: Alex Wheatle
Reader: Anthony Welsh
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

15 minutes

Last on

Sun 27 Nov 2016 00:30

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Role Contributor
Writer Alex Wheatle
Reader Anthony Welsh
Producer Jeremy Osborne

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