The academy staged its latest author’s visit today (Thursday), with a visit from acclaimed writer Bali Rai.
Growing up in Leicester in a multi-cultural, multi-racial community, Bali was inspired to become a writer after reading Sue Townsend’s ‘The secret diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 ¾’ and in 2001 had his first novel, ‘(Un)arranged Marriage’ published to critical acclaim.
He has since released a number of titles including ‘Rani & Sukh,’ which he describes as a ‘true mash-up of Shakespeare, Bollywood and Punjabi folk tales’ and which became a GCSE set-text in 2010, as well as writing several books for dyslexia-friendly publisher Barrington Stoke such as ‘Dream On’ and its sequel ‘Game On.’
Bali has also made appearances on television and radio to discuss racism, his writing and promoting reading for pleasure. He has also been an ambassador for The Reading Agency’s ‘Reading Ahead’ programme.
During today’s visit to the academy, Bali took part in a creative writing workshop with a group of Year 10 boys, explaining his motivations as a writer, helping to inspire his audience to move from ‘average’to ‘outstanding’when they take their exams.
Commenting on the visit, Accrington Academy’s Head of School Nicola Palmer said:
“As a school committed to providing an #EducationwithCharacter, we’re delighted to have had Bali Rai join us today for what was an enjoyable and inspiring workshop for all those who took part.”