Ahmer Bashir
Within a mile from Bradford City Hall, where political upheavals such
as the Salman Rushdie book burning have been photographed, Ahmer
discovered his love for books and storytelling inside a toy room in Ward K2,
St Luke’s Hospital.

Ahmer graduated with a Major Script Prize in Southampton and taught
screenwriting at college before setting up a writing circle near Titus Salt’s Mill.

Ahmer’s live storytelling has been sponsored by Wakefield Literature
festival and Leeds Pride. He first penned Nayil in A Letter to Mummyjee.

Ahmer writes meaningful children’s stories that reflect diversity in Britain.

About  Diary of the Halal Kid

Fourteen-year-old Nayil Firdous knows he can’t chill out with friends outside school. He worries he’ll never have a ‘proper friend’.
Mrs Bird, his drama teacher, sets him a challenge to note people’s behaviour in a diary.

Naanajee dies. Mummyjee goes to Pakistan.

It’s the holy month of Ramadan. Nayil is grieving. But when Tommy turns up at school, and sends his heart racing, Nayil finds himself improvising to new situations for new ‘friends’ every day.

Maybe Mummyjee will never find out he’s acting?