Writer was singled out by classmates over his skin colour and hearing impairment

This is the author's first children's novel

This is the author's first children's novel

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A television actor from Walthamstow who was subjected to years of racially-motivated bullying has penned a children’s book based upon his personal experiences.

Vimal Vaz, 44, of Stow Crescent was singled out by classmates at his secondary school based in Hackney because of his skin colour and a hearing impairment. 

Now, after thirty years, the Kenyan-born father-of-one has written, illustrated and released 'Nicky NoFace and The Face Critters' - a children's fantasy book celebrating diversity, the importance of identity, and the emotional consequences of bullying. 

He said: "Nicky NoFace is about the joys of being different and about learning to accept that no-one, nowhere, is 'normal'.

"It is a sad fact that bullying can never be stamped out completely. Individuals who look or sound different from the crowd are, and probably always will be, singled-out by the ignorant few.

"But it is my sincere hope that the book will give children the courage and self-conviction to take a passive stand against their aggressors by loving themselves, by ignoring the ignorant, and by refusing to become a statistical victim."

Mr Vaz, who has enjoyed professional success as a pilot, recording studio owner, cab driver, actor   and author of three adult novels, devised the story after the birth of his daughter in 1990. 

His most well-known role involved playing a doctor in the BBC soap Casualty a few years ago but has recently landed a role in a short feature film shot in the Bethnal Green area and due to be released later this year.  

The book, aimed at children aged eight and over, will be part of a sequel and Mr Vaz is already is talks with a producer about adapting the novels for TV animation. 

In the mean time, he hopes to stock 'Nicky NoFace' in school libraries across East London. 

He added: "There are other books about bullying, of course. 

"But Nicky NoFace is the first of its kind to focus upon identity and self-worth. 

"I hope that local schools, and perhaps local councils, recognise the valuable contribution it can make to the lives of young people in the region."

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1:05am Thu 4 Sep 14

Villagecranberry says...

I think I recognised him from the TV programme 'Casualty'

The one where he had blood on his hands.

I did not like the show really. I always felt of my trolley after viewing it.
I think I recognised him from the TV programme 'Casualty' The one where he had blood on his hands. I did not like the show really. I always felt of my trolley after viewing it. Villagecranberry
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