Bali Rai

Bali Rai

Date: Friday 10 June 2022
Time: 10.00am
Venue: Genesis Cinema, Bethnal Green E1 4UJ 
Suitability: Years 5 & 6

In Now or Never, multi-award winning author Bali Rai transports you to the battlefields of the Second World War where the dangerous days surrounding the Dunkirk evacuation are recounted by Private Fazal Khan, a young Muslim soldier in the Royal Indian Army Service Corps, who cares for the mules which carry supplies to the front line. Bali reveals how he used his research into the role of Indian soldiers in the world wars and real life experiences to recreate this little-known episode of the Dunkirk evacuation story.

Bali Rai grew up in a multicultural, multi-racial community in inner city Leicester. As a child he dreamed of three things – playing for Liverpool, being Bob Marley and becoming a writer. After studying Politics at university, he moved from one awful job to another while writing his first novel (Un)arranged Marriage which was published in 2001 and won a number of children’s book awards. He has since written over forty novels which have been nominated for every major children’s writing prize.   
Suitable for years: 5 & 6
Duration: 1 hour
Booklist: Now or Never: A Dunkirk Story
Venue details:
Genesis Cinema, Bethnal Green

93-95 Mile End Road, Bethnal Green  E1 4UJ 

Accessibility information:

This venue is fully accessible and has disabled toilets available.

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