Bali Rai author visit – 9th March 2016

This week we welcomed Bali Rai to Thornden for his third visit to encourage Year 9’s to read.IMG_7664copy

He started the day with a workshop in the library for reluctant readers, hand picked by their English teachers. They certainly demonstrated throughout the session that they needed encouragement! Bali through anecdotes and extracts from his books interacted with them, eventually drawing some of them out of their shells. By the end of the session several asked about borrowing one of his books.

IMG_7666This was followed by the main event in Thornden Hall. The whole of year 9 were off timetable for the occasion and were joined by pupils from The Romsey School, Kings School and Redbridge School. As usual his talk was entertaining, informative and full of tales about life in multi-cultural Leicester and the Asian culture. He also promoted several of his books, telling the captivated audience about his inspiration for the stories.

Then the session was followed by the opportunity to buy a copy of one of his books and meet Bali while having the book signed. IMG_7668copy

Before Bali left us for the day, he was interviewed by students who were taking part in the BBC School Report. They filmed him while asking him some very interesting questions. Then he headed to Heathrow for his flight to Hong Kong, where he was taking part in the Hong Kong Literary Festival.

We would just like to thank all year 9 pupils for their exceptional good behaviour during the day and their enthusiasm for Bali’s books.


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