'Secrets of the Henna Girl' Author

Author of 'Secrets of the Henna Girl' talks to Year 7 and 8 pupils marking World Book Day and International Women's Day

On Monday 6 March in recognition of World Book Day and International Women’s Day the School welcomed Sufiya Ahmed, author of ‘Secrets of the Henna Girl’, who spoke to Year 7 and 8 pupils about her childhood dream to be a writer, her career as parliamentary researcher and her journey to becoming a full time author.

Sufiya Ahmed was born in India and arrived in the UK as a baby. She lived in Bolton, Lancashire, before moving to London where she still lives. Sufiya has worked in advertising and in the House of Commons, but is now a full-time author. In 2010 Sufiya set up the BIBI Foundation, a non-profit organisation, to arrange visits to the Houses of Parliament for diverse and underprivileged school children.

In ‘Secrets of the Henna Girl’ Sufiya Ahmed paints a detailed picture of the differences between Pakistani and British culture and deals with the difficulties of dual heritage. During her fascinating talk to the 11 to 13 year olds, Sufiya outlined the work of Parliament, the process of getting a book published and the issue of forced marriage still taking place in the UK today. She also encouraged pupils to continue with their own creative writing.