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DESIblitz Literature Festival - Workshop - Genre, Setting, and Character

Symphony Hall, Centenary Square, BIRMINGHAM, West Midlands, B1 2EA
DESIblitz Literature Festival - Workshop - Genre, Setting, and Character


About the workshop

There are many different genres open to the creative writer. Whichever one is your preferred style, this workshop will help you to explore how your character arcs, the settings you place characters in, and the descriptive passages you write are impacted by the genre style you choose.

About Bali Rai

Bali Rai was born in Leicester and grew up in a multicultural, multi-racial community close to the city centre. As a child, he dreamt of three things – playing football for Liverpool FC, being Bob Marley, and becoming a writer. Sue Townsend's, 'The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole' was the book that inspired him to write. Once he had read it, he practised his own writing almost every day.

Finally, his writing dream came true, and he is now a multi-award-winning author of children's and YA fiction. He writes stories about unheard voices, both set in current times and from British and world history.

'Mohinder's War' is the most recent addition to his impressive catalogue of YA fiction.

He is an ambassador for Listening Books, The Reading Agency, and others, and is passionate about his work in schools and with young readers. An experienced workshop facilitator, his skills and knowledge are invaluable for the would-be writer of all genres.

About the book

A gripping, brave, and tense courtroom drama, 'Next of Kin' will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final, heart-stopping page.

On an ordinary working day…Leila Syed receives a call that cleaves her life in two. Her brother-in-law's voice is filled with panic. His son's nursery have called to ask where little Max is.

Your worst nightmare …Leila was supposed to drop Max off that morning. But she forgot. Racing to the car park, she grasps the horror of what she has done. Max has been locked in her car for several hours on the hottest day of the year.

Is about to come true… But she's too late. What follows is an explosive, high-profile trial that will tear the family apart. But as the case progresses it becomes clear there's more to this incident than meets the eye…

Praise for Kia Abdullah's previous thrillers:

'Completely original … a shocking legal thriller that goes where few legal thrillers have gone before' – The New York Times

'Just as impressive as the courtroom drama is Abdullah's portrayal of five deftly differentiated British-Asian families, and of the relationship between two disparate women who both become isolated pariahs' – The Sunday Times

'Kia Abdullah's legal thrillers make John Grisham seem like a maiden aunt' – The Sunday Times Crime Club

About the author

Kia Abdullah is an author and travel writer from London. Her novel Take It Back was named one of the best thrillers of the year by The Guardian and Telegraph and was selected for an industry-first audio serialisation by HarperCollins and The Pigeonhole. Her follow-up novel, Truth Be Told was published in March 2021 by Harper Collins.

Kia has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The FT, The Telegraph, the BBC, and The Times. She is the founder of Asian Booklist, a non-profit that advocates for diversity in publishing.

Born in Tower Hamlets in East London, Kia was raised in a family of eight children. As the most stubborn of six daughters, she constantly found herself in trouble for making choices that clashed with her parents', a habit they came to accept when she became their first and only child to graduate from university – with a degree in Computer Science. In 2007, Kia left her job in tech to pursue the one thing she had always wanted: a career as a writer, taking a 50% pay cut in the process. She worked as sub-editor and later features editor at Asian Woman Magazine where she interviewed British-Asian luminaries like Riz Ahmed, Meera Syal, Nitin Sawhney, and Anoushka Shankar.

Kia went on to join global publisher Penguin Random House where she helped grow digital readership at Rough Guides to over a million users per month. In 2014, she quit her day job to found Atlas and Boots, an outdoor travel blog now read by 250,000 people a month.

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Tel: 01212855288

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Opening Times

27 Sept 2021
Monday18:30 - 19:30

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