Malorie Blackman has written over 70 books for children and young adults, including the Noughts and Crosses series of novels (Noughts & Crosses was voted as one of The 100 Greatest Children’s Books of All Time in a 2023 BBC Culture Poll), Cloud Busting (winner of the Smarties Silver Award), Thief (winner of the Young Telegraph/Fully Booked Award) and Hacker (winner of the WH Smiths Children’s Book Award and the Young Telegraph/Gimme 5 Award for best children’s book of the year). Noughts and Crosses was made into a BBC TV drama series in 2020 and has been adapted for stage by Pilot Theatre. Malorie’s autobiography Just Sayin’: My Life in Words was published by Merky Books in 2022.
Malorie is a scriptwriting graduate of the National Film and Television School. Her work has appeared on TV, with Pig-Heart Boy, which was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, being adapted into a BAFTA winning 6-part TV serial. Malorie has written original and adapted drama scripts for TV, including co-writing the Doctor Who episode Rosa.
In 2005, Malorie was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her distinguished contribution to the world of children’s books. In 2008, she was then honoured with an OBE for her services to Children’s Literature. In 2022, she was awarded the Pen Pinter Prize and the JM Barrie Award in 2023. Malorie was appointed Children’s Laureate 2013-2015.
In November 2023, The British Library opened a free exhibition, Malorie Blackman: The Power of Stories, exploring Malorie’s inspirations and the impact she has had on her readers, and on inclusivity and representation in publishing.
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