Malorie Blackman

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9 November 2022 at 12:00 am
9 November 2022 at 11:00 pm

For over thirty years Malorie Blackman’s books have shaped British literature and inspired a generation of readers and writers – including many of our own booksellers!

Now, at long last, Malorie is sharing her own story. She joins Toppings to celebrate and discuss her much-anticipated memoir Just Sayin’, an empowering account of the life of a genius storyteller and all the reasons she writes.

Malorie has written over seventy books for children and young adults, including the Noughts & Crosses series, Pig-Heart Boy, Thief, and a science-fiction thriller, Chasing the Stars. Between 2013 and 2015 she was the Children’s Laureate, in 2008 having received an OBE for her services to children’s literature.

In Just Sayin’, Malorie takes us back to her childhood, and the precise moment she fell in love with words. She shares how she gravitated to imaginary worlds and realms in order to escape her childhood – the disconnect she felt from other children, the fracture of her family to a single-parent household and the period that led to her eventual homelessness. These are the darker moments which made way for the light and her inspiration for writing.