An Interview with… Alex Ashcroft

We’re working on a number of interviews with a range of interesting people at the moment, but while we wait to hear back from them, we thought you might like a look into the man behind the questions, me, Alex (not Alexa!) Ashcroft.

For insight into the guy you’ll most often hear from at the other end of an email, read on for our latest KLU Q&A…

 

Q: How did you first hear about Kids Like Us?

Alex: At a meet-up of school mums, my mum met Catherine, and the two got talking about their mutual backgrounds with young people just like Kids Like Us students. Later, when Kids Like Us needed some admin support and I needed an internship placement for a course, we teamed up to meet the needs of both!

Q: What made you decide to join Kids Like Us?

Alex: When the company running my course unexpectedly collapsed, Catherine generously asked to keep me on as an Administration Officer! It didn’t take a moment’s thought before I accepted – Kids Like Us does incredible work, and I’m happy to be a part of it!

Q: Tell us a little about what you do at Kids Like Us

Alex: I’m a kind of jack-of-all-trades/guy Friday! If something needs doing, I’m the go-to guy to work out how to make it happen. From social media to managing the website, handling sales and calls to organising events, I wear many hats!

Q: What’s the best thing about what you do?

Alex: Hearing about the incredible successes the kids have is without question the best thing about working at Kids Like Us. Recently, I organised the Inspire collection, a selection of short stories, poems and more all submitted by Kids Like Us students, and seeing the remarkable work they put together during term time, in the midst of all the other things going on in their lives, was breathtaking! We’re getting close to releasing Inspire, now, so watch this space!

Q: What do you do when you’re not at Kids Like Us?

Alex: I’m a typical arts guy! I’m heavily involved in my local theatre, helping out in set-builds, front-of-house and pretty much however else I can be useful! I’m also a huge fan of literature (by the time I’m old I’m going to have a pretty impressive library!), films (especially the Marvel and Star Trek films at the moment), sci-fi in general and video games!

Q: If you were a fictional character, which character do you think you’d be – and why?

Alex: I’ve always liked to think I’d be someone like Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings – steadfast, honourable and eloquent! …that said, I’m probably most like a background Ravenclaw from Harry Potter – or maybe Hermione! Why? I’m book-smart, deeply committed to my friends and always coming up with odd but effective solutions to problems!

Q: What was your favourite book when you were at school?

Alex: Tough call… I was a big fan of the Harry Potter books back in Primary School, and I’ve been a Lord of the Rings fan for as long as I can remember… If I had to pick one, I think I’d choose Skulduggery Pleasant at the moment – it was a book broadly aimed at kids that didn’t feel like it was talking down to me, with an interesting story, characters whose morality was never quite what it seemed, and dialogue that, looking back on it now, really reminds me of the style of things like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Avengers!

As for my favourite book now… For older readers, I honestly can’t recommend American Gods by Neil Gaiman and The Expanse series starting with Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey more – both are books I’ve read over and over, and both have brilliant TV series ongoing at the moment too!

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