As a writer, Malorie is committed to opening up the world of reading to young people and all the opportunities that come from being a reader. She is working with us on our Reading Activists programme which is creating reading and writing experiences for and by young people.
While at school, Malorie Blackman wanted to be an English teacher but grew up to become a systems programmer instead. She earned a HNC at Thames Polytechnic and is a graduate of the National Film and Television School.
Her first book, Not So Stupid, was published in 1990. Since then she has written more than fifty children's books, including novels and short story collections, and also television scripts and a stage play. Her work has won more than fifteen awards including for the bestselling Noughts & Crosses series, which, set in a fictional dystopia, explores love, racism, and violence. Her television scripts include episodes of the long-running, children's drama Byker Grove, as well as television adaptations of her novels Whizziwig and Pig-Heart Boy.
Malorie was awarded an OBE in the 2008 Birthday Honours, and as of June 2013 is the Waterstones Children's Laureate.