Alumni News: Ones to Watch

Continuing with our series of promising alumni from across the Haberdasher family of schools.

Ones to Watch

Elgan Alderman

Monmouth School for Boys

Elgan is a sub-editor and writer on the sports desk of The Times, having started as an intern four years ago. He has covered a range of sports, the highlight being his time working in Tokyo this summer at the Paralympics. “On the middle Sunday of the Paralympics, I was up at 7am for the triathlon and finished working on the wheelchair rugby final after 1am,” he says. “That was my most enjoyable day of the fortnight.”

Elgan was production editor of The Lion while at school in Monmouth.“When I was writing puns in headlines, I had no idea I would be doing that for a living seven years later,” he says. “You never know which skills learnt at school will prove useful.”

Elgan left Monmouth with A levels in Latin, Greek, Maths and Further Maths to read Classics at Durham. “Having written occasional skits in History classes and enjoyed being a speaker at my final speech day, I auditioned for the Durham Revue sketch comedy troupe and, by 2013, I was the President — full runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and all,” he says, adding, ‘“Sub-editing can be taxing on the eyes given the need for attention to detail and you get an adrenaline rush, especially on nights with lots of live football.”