As Malorie hands the Laureateship to Chris Riddell, we look back at her time as Children’s Laureate and what she accomplished in those two years.
Earlier this week, Malorie Blackman handed the Children’s Laureateship over to Chris Riddell after an incredibly successful two years.
During her tenure, Malorie published an anthology of short stories, Love Hurts, featuring short stories and extracts by Patrick Ness, E. Lockhart and Philip Pullman, and a new story by Malorie. She also announced a campaign to support YA fiction in the UK and as part of that, opened the inaugural Young Adult Lit Con (YALC) as part of London Film and Comic Con dressed in a Star Trek outfit and speaking Klingon.
Project Remix, a platform for young people to discover or rediscover well-known titles which they could rework into songs, book trailers or redesign the jackets, was another successful part of Malorie’s Laureateship. It encouraged young people to get involved with reading but in their own way. They could write a song, create a book trailer, redesign the jacket, create a comic strip or write new fiction inspired by their chosen title.
As she handed the Laureateship to Chris Riddell, hundreds of people took to Twitter to share their appreciation for Malorie and the work she’s done as Laureate.
— The YA Book Prize (@yabookprize) June 8, 2015
Malorie Blackman has been truly amazing as Children’s Laureate, she is completely marvellous #ThankYouMalorie
— Sarah Watkins (@janesharp1671) June 9, 2015
— Louise JohnsShepherd (@Loujs) June 9, 2015
#ThankYouMalorie for inspiring and encouraging so many young people to relish both reading and writing. Congrats on a job very well done.
— Felicity Box (@flic92) June 9, 2015
— Stevie Finegan (@SableCaught) June 9, 2015
Thank you Malorie, and now on to the next chapter!