ALESHA Dixon partnered with charity Magic Breakfast to surprise children from the King Solomon Academy in Paddington with a reading of her new book at Amazon’s Black Friday Live.
The singer, author and TV personality hosted a live reading of her new book, Girls Rule, before taking questions from the attendees, and opening up on the motivation behind her writing.
On being asked why she chose to start writing books, Dixon said:
“I have an eight-year-old daughter who loves reading books, but I didn’t feel she could identify with the characters. It’s important to get children reading and it’s also important to inspire them to read.”
Alesha, who is currently isolating at home and joined the event via video call, said of her characters in her book:
“All of my characters have positive qualities and I’d like them to reinforce the fact that you are perfect the way you are, everyone has something to offer.”
She went on to give advice to the children in the audience about becoming authors themselves stating:
“Start small, take baby steps. Think carefully about the location, characters, or themes and never doubt yourself – there is never a bad idea. Once you’ve got that, keep building from there, never put too much pressure on yourself.”
Twenty-two children from King Solomon Academy were invited down to Black Friday Live by Magic Breakfast and were able to explore the event space before it opened to the public, which included an Alexa-powered, 360 projection room that transported you to far-flung destinations, to a cosy Prime Video Screening Room, and a winter wonderland complete with a match-making Christmas Grotto that paired you with your perfect AmazonSmile charity. They went on to enjoy a healthy breakfast before settling down in the cosy Prime Video Screening Room where they met Alesha for the book reading.
Black Friday Live featured a star-studded line-up of events, live streams and giveaways, with celebrities including Alexandra Burke, Ray Blk, Laura Whitmore, Vogue Williams, Patrice Evra, and many more. From cocktail-making and artisan-led craft workshops to exclusive music gigs and live podcast recordings, along with book readings, expert football analysis and beauty Q&As, a lot of the event was live streamed and is available to ‘watch again’ at amazon.co.uk/blackfridaylive.