Teen author Bali Rai is to be the new online writer in residence for independent charity Booktrust, taking over from short story author Clare Wigfall.
The six-month residency begins today (29th November) as Booktrust launches its new website.
Rai's latest novel is Killing Honour (Corgi Children's). Of the new role, he said: “Booktrust is such a powerful voice in support of reading for pleasure and literacy and I feel honoured at being asked to step in. I’m coming into the post with a few fixed ideas about what I want to do. Yet I’m also very open to anything that comes along too."
His manifesto includes promoting the concept of reading for pleasure, and of wider diversity in teen and young adult fiction. He will write a new short story for the site, a weekly blog, run a writing competition for budding teen writers and host a filmed panel event with publishers and teenagers.
The new-look Booktrust website will bring together the translated fiction, short story, Everybody Writes, children’s and teenage books websites into one site.