We are thrilled to present this event with award-winning children’s author Alex Wheatle. Gripping and unforgettable, Cane Warriors follows the true story of Tacky’s War in Jamaica, 1760.
Moa is fourteen. The only life he has ever known is toiling on the Frontier sugar cane plantation for endless hot days, fearing the vicious whips of the overseers. Then one night he learns of an uprising, led by the charismatic Tacky. Moa is to be a cane warrior, and fight for the freedom of all the enslaved people in the nearby plantations. But before they can escape, Moa and his friend Keverton must face their first great task: to kill their overseer, Misser Donaldson. Time is ticking, and the day of the uprising approaches.
Alex Wheatle has been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, and was awarded an MBE for services to literature in 2008.
Suitable for ages 11+
This event is part of the Durham Book Festival 2020 Schools’ Programme, but open to everyone.
Chaired by Dr Jake Richards, LSE.
Buy Cane Warriors here.