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Noughts and Crosses author Malorie to feature in Redditch Library show

Correspondent 17th Dec, 2019

REDDITCH Library will be looking at the work of the poet Malorie Blackman when it hosts a live documentary screening this Thursday, December 19.

The screening will coincide with the British Library’s Literature Matters: Young Rebels series of profiling the rebels of children’s literature through the years.

During the screening, Malorie – the celebrated author of the book ‘Noughts and Crosses’ – reflects on her writing career and how her work has been adapted into graphic fiction, plays and TV series.

The screening will air from 7pm to 8.30pm on Thursday, December 19.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Communities said: “Malorie Blackman is a renowned poet, performer and playwright and this is a great opportunity for people to learn about her work.”

Malorie’s catalogue of books, most recently include the Girl Wonder series as well as the award-winning Noughts and Crosses series.

She will be joined on the programme by poet, performer and playwright Sabrina Mahfouz, whose stage adaptation of Malorie’s novel Noughts and Crosses was performed at Theatre Royal Stratford East in London earlier this year.

Also joining them will be Nathaniel Price who is one of the script writers of the highly anticipated TV adaptation of Noughts and Crosses, due to premiere on the BBC later this year.

The Young Rebels screening comes just before the official launch of the BBC’s 100 novels that shaped the world in January.

The programme will be looking at ten themes across the first ten months next year, and looking at ten books challenged the way readers thought about each theme. A perfect opportunity to add some new authors and titles to your personal reading list!

The themes include Coming of Age, Politics, Power & Protest, Adventure, Love Sex and Romance, and the themes will begin with Identity in January.

The year-long programme of activities and events across libraries and on TV and Radio, is in partnership with the BBC, and is designed to celebrate the novel and promote the joy of reading.

Worcestershire Libraries will be asking residents about their world changing books in the library and online, so look out for the #mybooklife displays and social media posts and join in the conversation.

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