Alexis Keir works for the NHS and lives in London. His new book, Windward Family: An Atlas of Love, Loss and Belonging, explores the lives of people who have travelled over several generations from the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent to England. It was published by Thread Books in February 2023. Alexis’s parents came from Saint Vincent to the UK in the 1960s and raised their family in Luton, although Alexis, his sister and his brother also lived in Saint Vincent for a period as children.
Alexis began writing Windward Family when he was chosen as one of the 2019 cohort for the Spread The Word London Writers’ Awards. Subsequently he was selected to join the London Libraries Emerging Writers programme. His writing has also been published by The Caribbean Writer and The Selkie and he is a member of the Writers for Saint Vincent group, who raised funds for the island following the 2021 eruptions of the La Soufriere volcano.
On 14 April, Alexis will be talking to Lucinda Hawksley about his writing career – and what it was like trying to finish a book while working full time. Join them on the Inside Story at 12pm.