Alexander Wharton currently works a Senior Building Surveyor when he isn’t busy writing or performing poetry for both Adults and Children. He has received regular publications in The Caterpillar, Wales Haiku Journal, Hedgerow and I am not a silent Poet. The panel described his poems as ‘humorous, whimsical and witty’ and stated that he is a confident writer for children with strong concepts and use of imagery.  He has been a regular compere of Cardiff Arts free festival, a quarterly evening of artistic and literary performance. He regularly visits schools to perform his poetry and facilitates writing workshops with the students. Alexander has completed numerous online Creative writing Short courses from Open University and Future Learn and hopes to study an MA in Creative Writing in the near future.

“I am deeply grateful accepting this award, I feel it recognizes my passion and dedication for writing Children’s Poetry. It has already opened up a terrific opportunity for me as the wonderful people at Firefly Press will be publishing my full collection of poems Daydreams and Jellybeans early next year. Poems are to be shared, they find the people who need them – and the award has enabled a wider platform for my words. It’s exciting and I am very thankful.” Alex Wharton, Rising Star Wales Award 2020