Creative Inspiration from Local Author


Our Lady’s Convent School has again welcomed local author Bali Rai into school for creative writing sessions with Years 7 and 8.

During the sessions Bali encouraged the girls to consider what makes a good opening to a story and how to make it great! With enthusiasm and passion Bali unpicked some assumptions that are commonly held about how to write an exciting and engaging story. The pupils enjoyed the chance to understand how to make their own creative writing fizzle and pop off the page. Maryam from Year 7 said, "I enjoyed the tips on how to make your writing more interesting" whilst Libby from Year 8 said, " I really enjoyed the session - it was great - he explained things really well and made it fun!"

Miss Laura Bradshaw, School Librarian, said, “Bali Rai is a longstanding friend to the School and regularly drops in to attend English lessons or support the lunchtime Creative Writing Club. His love of reading and passion for encouraging young people with their own creative aspirations is a real inspiration to our pupils.”


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