Southbank Centre’s Book Podcast: Malorie Blackman in conversation

Children’s Laureate from 2013 to 2015, Malorie Blackman is widely acknowledged as one of our most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers. She is perhaps best known for her award-winning and incredibly popular Noughts & Crosses series, with the latest novel of the series, Crossfire, published in August 2019.

On 8 September, 2019 we were delighted to welcome Blackman to our Queen Elizabeth Hall stage, where she joined award-winning producer Tobi Kyeremateng in conversation in an event which included live readings from Crossfire.

Enjoy highlights of this event in this exclusively recorded podcast, as Blackman discusses her childhood years as an unrealised superhero, the creation of Noughts & Crosses, and the challenges of establishing herself as a writer.

Malorie Blackman in conversation by Southbank Centre's Book Podcast


From the time I started writing I was always being criticised for not writing about racism, it was as if as a black writer that was the only thing I was allowed to write about, but I wanted to write the books I’d missed as a child; the thrillers and mysteries and whodunnits.
Malorie Blackman


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