On Monday 29th August, distinguished Indian author Paro Anand arrived at The Royal Academy to lead sessions on reading and writing, interact with the students and inspire all to write. In her first session, she read from her recent book, Wingless. Students and staff alike thoroughly enjoyed her animated and interactive reading of the story. Although students had read the book before her arrival, it quickly became apparent that an effective authorial reading drastically heightens the enjoyment of a story.
After her reading, and during a longer session the following day, she then captivated students by introducing them to effective writing techniques. In no time at all, students had crafted outstanding poems and written the beginnings of various different prose writings. The pleasure in sharing their writing was tangible and students left the sessions with an enthused desire to continue writing. At the end, Paro gave three of her recent books as a gift to the library.