Last Thursday I was thrilled to speak at the Kilvington Grammar Writers Festival Awards ceremony. Recipients from junior, middle and upper secondary were recognised for their written contributions to the theme of ‘Courage’. I took the opportunity to speak to the importance of self belief in a cookie cutter world, and moreover to the value of minority voices being respected in a climate bent on parading them instead of hearing them.  

Congratulations to all the winners, and my fine hosts in school captains Safia and Aidan. Rewarding writing through festivals that celebrate this talent, is something we need more of. Kudos Kilvington- I hope more schools follow suit #makechangehappen #endracism #endxenophobia #writetheworldonfire #artysmarty #tasneemchopra #crossculturalconsultant