100 years of Bollywood!
2013 was a special year for the Bollywood film industry as it celebrated its centenary. The very first Hindi movie was released back in 1913 and since then, the industry has come a long way.
I recently filmed two special video interviews - one for DESIblitz (Desiblitz.com) and another for the Indie Book Show. Thanks to both teams for showing an interest in my books - it was fab speaking to you.
Last year, World Book Day, and the weeks surrounding it, was amazing. As ever, I was grateful to be invited into schools to chat Bollywood, creative writing and do some Bollywood dancing with so many wonderful students.
I hope 2016 - Bollywood's 103rd year! - brings many more opportunities to promote literacy.
If you would like me to visit your school, library, reading group or other organisation, please get in touch by emailing me at
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All three books are now available to buy as hard copies and ebooks via Amazon.co.uk. Ebooks are just 77p in the UK and 99 cents in the US and Europe!
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Author visits to schools and libraries
I adapt my author visits according to my audience - I have addressed small groups of people in local libraries as well as whole year groups in schools. I try to focus on entertainment, but at the same time teach the value of reading and writing. My sessions include the following:
A brief talk about my work as a journalist (film journalism, interviewing Bollywood actors, directors and producers, going behind the scenes etc)
How I developed the idea of the Bollywood Series
A brief discussion about the first three books (Starlet Rivalry, Double Take and Stuntman)
A workshop on how to write a book or short story (plotting & character development. Focusing on a beginning, middle and end etc)
Q & A session
Book-signing session where students can buy personalised, signed copies of the books at a much-discounted price
Finally, to end on a high note, a Bollywood dance workshop where volunteers learn the steps to a particular Bollywood song and then perform together as a group.
How can I top this?
I've had many great moments, including lots of memorable school and library visits but this has to be the one that stands out for me. Being included on this list with so many great names, wow.... !!
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