#BGBOOKCLUBPRESENTS: A SEAT AT THE TABLE WITH MALORIE BLACKMAN
In 2018 Black Girls Book Club made it our personal mission to ensure that each and every one of us were living our very best lives and it was absolutely epic. So, what do you do when you have had such a legendry year and you want to celebrate your achievements in style?
Invite Malorie Blackman to your common book club. Your, girls invited Malorie Black to our book club and she said, "Yes.".
This is not a test. Malorie Blackman is coming to Black Girls Book Club. I repeat Malorie Blackman is coming to Black Girls Book Club. For the seventh 'A Seat at the Table' and our second birthday - Black Girls Book Club will be honouring Queen Malorie Blackman as part of our month birthday celebrations.
Malorie Blackman was born in 1962.
She qualified in Computer Science and followed a successful career in computing, before becoming a writer at the age of 28. Her first published book was Not So Stupid! (1990), a book of short stories. Since then she has written many books and scripts, and her popularity has steadily grown. Her scripts for television include several episodes of Byker Grove, Whizziwig and Pig-Heart Boy, and she has also written original dramas for CITV and BBC Education. Her stage play, The Amazing Birthday, was performed in 2002.
She writes for all ages of children. Her picture books include I Want a Cuddle! (2001) and Jessica Strange (2002) and she has written many reader books for early and more confident readers. Her novels include: Hacker (1992); the story of Vicky, who saves her father from being wrongly convicted of stealing from the bank after hacking into the bank’s computer to solve the crime herself; Thief! (1995), about a child who is transported into the future after being accused of a crime she did not commit; and Pig-Heart Boy (1997), the diary of 13-year-old Cameron, who needs a heart transplant. The latter book and its subsequent adaptation as a series for television won several awards, including a BAFTA for best children’s drama in 2000.
Malorie Blackman's most well-known books for young adults are: Noughts & Crosses (2001); Knife Edge (2004); Checkmate (2005); and Double Cross (2008) – which form the Noughts & Crosses series, the tale of two teenagers, Callum and Sephy. In 2004, she also wrote a novel entirely in verse, Cloud Busting (2004), which won a Nestlé Smarties Book Prize (Silver Award) the same year.
In 2007 she collected stories and poems for the book Unheard Voices, commemorating the bicentenary anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade, and in 2009 she contributed to Free? , a book of stories celebrating Human Rights. Recent books include Noble Conflict (2013), a thriller set in a post-revolutionary utopia; and Chasing the Stars (2017), a re-telling of Othello set in space, which was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize.
She has been awarded numerous prizes for her work, including the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award. Malorie has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. In 2005 she was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her contribution to children’s books, and in 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children’s literature. She has been described by The Times as ‘a national treasure’.
Malorie was the Children’s Laureate 2013–15.
Black Girls Book Club are committed to ensuring that Black women in the UK and beyond are consistently given the opportunity to come together in luxury settings surrounded by dope women, good food and an abundance of #blackgirlmagic. BGBC is not a networking event; it’s a lifestyle.
Bearing this in mind, your ticket for A Seat at the Table entitles you to:
Three course meal
Glass of prosecco
A collection of Malorie Blackman books
As with every Black Girls Book Club event we have a theme in mind that personifies the mood for the event. For this event we want glamour - think black tie, think ball attire, think Rihanna at the Met Gala.
Come dressed to impressed and ready to meet the Queen of children's literature Queen Malorie Blackman.
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