For ages 14-18+

From City Park to Upper Piccadilly, Leeds Road to Undercliffe Cemetery, bestselling writer of the Harry Virdee crime series, A.A. Dhand – who confesses he walks the streets of the city at night to find inspiration for his dark and gritty novels- will take you on a tour of Bradford like no other, as he explores how his hometown informs, inspires and features in his work as a crime writer.

In these three short videos, Dhand will read from his book One Way Out; deliver a short talk, in which you’ll hear how the place where you live can be a rich source of inspiration – from derelict buildings to family traditions; from the shopping centres you visit at weekends, to the way your friends talk –  before finally offering some top tips and great ideas for how aspiring fiction writers can get started “writing where they are” too.

Note for teachers and parents: all content in these events is age appropriate. However, please be aware that A.A.Dhand is an author of books for adults and therefore, his books may not be appropriate for young people.

Links to Films

One Way out with A.A. Dhand

Write Where You Are with A.A.Dhand

Write Your Own Story with A.A.Dhand


Funded by the Emerald Foundation, events focus on the theme of the Gothic novel and local contemporary authors explore the idea of “write where you are”. Content is suitable for students in KS3, KS4 or A/S & A level and can be used as an introduction to the gothic genre, or to deepen and widen contextual awareness and understanding.


For each or our themed days children can take part in an exciting competition tailored to their Key Stage/ age. For more information, view our competition packs linked below:

Secondary Author Day Competition Pack


About The Author

A.A. Dhand

A.A. Dhand was raised in Bradford and spent his youth observing the city from behind the counter of a small convenience store. The history, diversity and darkness of the city have inspired his Harry Virdee novels. The Blood Divide is his first standalone thriller.