A Talk with Bali Rai

16 May 2019 1:30pm–2:30pm

MHL.0.07, Martin Hall, Loughborough University

Learning at Work Week 2019 takes place from 13th to 19th May on the theme ‘Shaping the Future’. It is an annual event in May organised by the Campaign for Learning since 1999. It aims to put a spotlight on the importance and benefits of learning and development at work.

This year we are organising a talk with published author Bali Rai.

Bali Rai is the multi-award-winning author of over forty young adult, teen and children’s books. His writing is edgy and pushes boundaries, encouraging readers to think about and question the world around them. Extremely popular on the author visit circuit across the world, his books are widely taught in schools. He is also a regular speaker on panels, and at conferences, and patron for Soft Touch Arts and a city-wide literature project, both in Leicester.

A passionate advocate for reading and literacy, he is an ambassador for the Reading Agency’s Reading Ahead project, was involved in the BBC’s Love to Read campaign, and has worked with the National Literacy Trust, Booktrust, RNIB and British Library amongst many others. He also writes and speaks around diversity, representation, and in defence of multiculturalism.

Bali is a politics graduate and was recently awarded an honorary doctorate of letters. His first novel, (un)arranged marriage was published in 2001, and his most recent YA novel, Web of Darkness, won multiple awards and received widespread acclaim. His latest titles are Stay A Little Longer and Now or Never. He is currently working on his first Young Adult novel in five years and two series aimed at junior readers, as well as developing a script with a co-writer.

Bali will be reading an except from one of his novels and we will have an exclusive interview and Q&A conducted by Loughborough University Academic Deirdre O’Byrne.

This event will also be a chance to browse our UNISON book selection, sign-up for the Reading Ahead challenge we run, if desired, receive your diary and meet other people from the challenge.

Please note, to guarantee a place at Bali Rai’s session (12.30-1.30) please fill in the below form. Deadline 14th May 2019.


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