A Poetry event will feature Joanna Brown, his mother, talking about Alexander’s life and legacy. She will be accompanied by young readers who will showcase some of his poems.
Alexander Paul was a high achieving Warwick University student, studying Politics and International Studies. He was also a talented poet and spoken word performer. He made his political debut in October 2014 when he spoke passionately about his experience of being stopped and searched saying that more than 20 within five years had left him ‘vilified, exploited and angry’.
Sadly, Alexander died of a brain tumour in June 2017.
His mother now talks to young people and parents about her sons battle to stop the racist ‘Stop and Search’ policies, knife crime today and mental health amongst young people – particularly young men.
His poems examine family life, love and friendships, but also the darker sides to living in London, such as homelessness, loneliness, and the mental health issues affecting young adults.