Albany Academy staff and students were visited by the talented author Sufiya Ahmed. The children’s author visited the school to discuss a range of topics including the importance of reading and the inspiration for her hugely successful book ‘The Secrets of the Henna Girl’. Sufiya, who travelled up from London, signed copies of her latest book and talked to Year 9 students in the schools main hall about her life journey and how this helped shape her writing. The author also held a separate group discussion with Year 10 and 11 Religious Education studies students who were studying certain cultural topics discussed in Sufiya’s books as part of their GCSE coursework.
Mrs Billington, Head of the English Faculty at Albany Academy said, “It was a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to meet a published author and to get the opportunity to ask questions about her stories, her inspiration and her career as a writer. The pupils enjoyed the session and particularly enjoyed the role play demonstration!”
Religious Education teacher, Mrs Lillie, said, “As part of GCSE Religious Studies we complete a unit on relationships which includes issues of marriage, both religious, traditional and cultural. Sufiya was really able to help further the students understanding of forced marriages which was the topic of her latest book. This was a real benefit to our students.”
The author was delighted to attend Albany Academy and was really pleased with the feedback and discussions she had with the Albany students. Sufiya said, “I had a lovely time with the students at Albany Academy. It is always great to meet confident, intelligent students who have lots of questions about my journey to become an author and my political activism which inspired my book. I enjoyed my time at the academy and I hope the students gained positivity from my author sessions which is all about the dream coming true.”