QE pupil Aadi Goel’s first book is now available to buy – even though he is still only 12.
The Year 8 boy’s collection of short stories and poems is called My First Solo Journey – a title drawn from the first story which recounts the real-life trip he took on his own in the summer of 2017 to visit relatives in India (and perhaps also, metaphorically, from the fact that this is his first foray into writing a book).
Self-published on Amazon, the book comprises ten poems and ten short stories. Aadi, who wrote it in his spare time, joined the QE poetry club last year and is looking forward eagerly to getting involved with the over-subscribed creative writing club this year.
Headmaster Neil Enright said: “My congratulations go to Aadi on his achievement in putting the book together: it is always good to see boys pursuing interests outside of the classroom. Creative writing is, in fact, a flourishing facet of School life at the moment, with boys benefiting from the support and advice of both our poet-in-residence, Anthony Anaxagorou (OE 1994-1999), and writer-in-residence, Caroline Green. Their frequent visits to the School to run clubs and workshops are helping to inspire more boys to try their hand at writing and develop their skills further.”
The writing in Aadi’s book is varied in both style and content, although adventure is a theme of several of the pieces.
Aadi began writing after being encouraged by his teachers at St Peter’s C of E Junior School in Farnborough, Hampshire. He enjoyed the process of writing the book, adding: “This has inspired me to write even more.”