Children's Laureate books in to Scottish cities

Press release - 16th May 2014

Schoolchildren in Scotland will be welcoming Malorie Blackman this May, as the Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate visits four Scottish cities.

As part of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour, run by Scottish Book Trust, Malorie will take part in free events for young people in Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh. She will be discussing some of the issues that she has tackled in her work, such as racism in her Noughts and Crosses series, war in Noble Conflict and teenage pregnancy in Boys Don’t Cry and its companion novel, Heart Break Girl, due for release later this year.

Malorie, acknowledged as one of today’s most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers, published her first book at the age of 28 and has since written over 60 books. She has been awarded numerous prizes for her work, including the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award. She has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

As Waterstones Children’s Laureate for 2013-15, Malorie aims to be a voice for children’s books, stories and for reading. She hopes to encourage more children, and in particular young adults, to read more and find pleasure in reading. She was honoured with an OBE in 2008 and received the Eleanor Farjeon Award in 2005, both in recognition of her contribution to children’s literature.

For information about how to attend these special free events, suitable for children aged 12-15, visit www.scottishbooktrust.com or email info@scottishbooktrust.com

Commenting on her upcoming tour, Malorie said:
"As Children’s Laureate I am so looking forward to my Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour of Scotland this May and I can’t wait to chat to as many children and teens as possible about one of my favourite subjects – books and reading!"

Calum Bennie, Communications Manager at Scottish Friendly, sponsors of the tour, said:
"It’s always exciting when the Children’s Laureate joins the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour but to have Malorie Blackman join us at these events is truly special. As someone who appears regularly on radio and TV, Malorie is sure to make a memorable impression on her young audience."

Beth Bottery, Schools Events Manager at Scottish Book Trust, which is organising the tour, added:
"We are absolutely delighted to be able to bring the Children’s Laureate to Scotland as part of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour. Malorie Blackman is a genius storyteller, and her event should be just as insightful and exciting as her novels."

The Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour is run by Scottish Book Trust, Scotland’s leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing and is sponsored by Scottish Friendly, Scotland’s largest mutual with over 150 years of experience. The main aim of the Tour is to encourage children’s love of literature through inspirational author visits, which bring their books to life.


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