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Five Leaves Author Interviews – Bali Rai (online)

Bali Rai has written over forty novels about teenagers and children. Born in Leicester, his writing is inspired by his working-class, multicultural background. A leading voice in UK teen fiction, Bali is a passionate advocate of libraries, reading for pleasure and promoting literacy. He has nearly twenty years of experience in working with young people across the UK and further afield and is extremely popular with schools. He has been nominated for and won numerous awards since 2001.

Bali has worked closely with The Reading Agency, Booktrust, The National Literacy Trust, Empathy Lab UK and many other organisations, and was awarded an honorary doctorate by De Montfort University in 2014. He also featured on BBC1’s Rebel Writers show and is an ambassador/patron for several high-profile literacy and arts projects. He was a Costa Book Award judge for 2019/20 and is currently working on two new titles. His latest title, Mohinder’s War, was published in June 2020.

Find out more about Bali at his website: www.balirai.co.uk.

This interview is pre-recorded and will be released on our YouTube channel at 7pm on September 22nd. Tune in then and join in the live chat, or watch any time afterwards at your leisure.