Children’s Laureate inspires keen writers at Cardiff Met

​​13/05/2015

Current Children's Laureate and well known author Malorie Blackman dropped in to inspire keen writers at an event organised by Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Malorie was the focus of the event held at the University's Cyncoed Campus, which saw both fans and school children from Thornhill Primary, Bishop of Llandaff School, St Cenydd, Porth County, Ebbw Fawr Learning Community and Ysgol Gymraeg Evan James attend.

The role of Children's Laureate is awarded once every two years to a celebrated writer or illustrator of children's books to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field.

Writing for 25 years, Malorie has written 60 stories and novels in total, including the perhaps most well-known 'Noughts and Crosses' series. Achieving worldwide recognition, Malorie's books have been translated in to 15 languages, including welsh.

Speaking at the event, Malorie said "I have always had a love of reading and writing, and started writing my own stories when I was seven.

 "In my mid-twenties during my time as a computer programmer, I built up the courage to start sending my work to publishers.

"Two years, nine books and 82 rejection letters later, I finally got my first 'yes'."

School children that attended were eager to ask Malorie a host of questions, and grilled her on her top writing tips, her favourite authors and her hopes for the future.

The event at the University is one that is organised each time there is a new Children's Laureate, and aims to build links with local schools and keen writers.

Paul Gibbins, Programme Leader for PGCE Secondary English at the University said "I think it is tremendously important to develop children's interest in literature and to encourage reading for pleasure.

"Malorie's books can often be found in school libraries, and are tremendously popular with both children and adults alike.

"We are so grateful to authors like Malorie who are happy to take part in events like this, which can really strike a chord and inspire the children."