Malorie Blackman

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My favourite overlooked Black writer – by Bernardine Evaristo, Margaret Atwood and more
From the memoirs of a slave to the story of Britain’s first Black headteacher, leading writers including Malorie Blackman and David Olusoga choose the Black authors who fired their imaginations

Interviews by Lucy Knight

19, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

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One in five shortlisted authors for top UK literary prizes in 2020 were black
Racial diversity has gradually increased, after no black authors were shortlisted in four of the years between 1996 and 2009

Aamna Mohdin, Tobi Thomas, Georgina Quach and Zala Šeško

01, Oct, 2021 @12:52 PM

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Young adult books round-up – review
The heart-rending final act of Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses saga, green-fingered teenagers and the spark for a new Netflix film work their magic

Fiona Noble

21, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Malorie Blackman: ‘Hope is the spark’
Malorie Blackman, the former children’s laureate, talks to Sian Cain about finishing her Noughts & Crosses series after 20 years, being namechecked by Stormzy and what inspired her to keep going through years of rejection

Sian Cain

11, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Children’s laureates campaign for £100m a year to fix primary school libraries
Current laureate Cressida Cowell leads demands to ringfence funds to renew ‘deteriorating’ facilities that fail to appeal to students

Sian Cain

12, Apr, 2021 @11:01 PM

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Lenny Henry tells black Britons: get Covid jab to avoid being left behind
Open letter by comic and other black cultural figures encourages wider vaccine take-up

Aamna Mohdin

29, Mar, 2021 @11:01 PM

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Stormzy dedicates video for song Superheroes to Chadwick Boseman
Promo ends with message: RIP Chadwick Boseman 1976-2020 ‘Forever a Superhero in our hearts’

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

09, Sep, 2020 @4:28 PM

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Black Writers’ Guild calls for sweeping change in UK publishing
More than 100 authors join new body calling for the industry to address deep-seated inequalities in output and personnel

Sian Cain

15, Jun, 2020 @5:08 PM

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#Publishingpaidme: authors share advances to expose racial disparities
Fantasy author LL McKinney sets off trend for authors to reveal the amounts paid for their work, pointing to stark differences between ethnicities

Alison Flood

08, Jun, 2020 @1:45 PM

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‘No reader is too young to start’: anti-racist books for all children and teens
It’s never too early to learn that racism is wrong and we should be doing something about it. These books will help show our kids how

Aimée Felone

04, Jun, 2020 @7:00 AM

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Boris Johnson faces calls for independent inquiry into BAME Covid-19 deaths
Sadiq Khan among signatories of letter demanding health inequalities investigation

Nosheen Iqbal

16, May, 2020 @4:32 PM

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Kids at home? The books you should read to keep everyone entertained
Timeless classics, hilarious capers and new adventures: a tots to teens reading list that even parents can enjoy

Lucy Mangan

30, Mar, 2020 @6:00 AM

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