A writer whose debut novel has become a must-read for crime fiction lovers, has returned to the West Leeds school that “still inspires him to this day”.
Amit Dhand was the guest of honour at Fulneck School’s speech day, where he told an audience of pupils, parents and teachers of his journey to become a published author.
Mr Dhand, a former head prefect, brought with him a pile of manuscripts, containing more than two million words, which had been rejected by editors before striking success with Streets of Darkness.
After leaving Fulneck, Mr Dhand qualified as a pharmacist and worked in London before returning to his native Bradford, where he launched his own business and at the same time as kick-starting his writing career. He said:
“When I want inspiration I return to Fulneck School and drive along The Terrace. I’ve even set a scene in my book here!
“I had many rejections before finally having Streets of Darkness published, and each time I went away and improved it. I never gave up. I’m now in the process of turning it into a screenplay. I have been knocked back a number of times and, again, I have gone away and improved it. I will never give up until my goal is achieved.”
Fulneck School Principal Deborah Newman said:
“It was wonderful to welcome Amit back to our Speech Day, and it was a truly inspiring speech he gave. Never giving up is a lesson that we can all learn from.
“We are also delighted that Amit holds Fulneck so dear to his heart, and immortalising the school in his book is a wonderful touch.”