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.


By Alex Wheatle. It is Jamaica in 1987, and the writer is reunited with his father.