Malorie Blackman: author in residence 4/4

by Malorie Blackman
Monday, October 29th, 2012

Malorie’s final blog post as author in residence is now live! Read on Totally Random now.

The View From My Attic – Part Four

In the 70s, 80s and even into the 90s, I was proud to call myself a feminist.  I was a womanist (still am), with an unshakeable belief in equal rights and respect for women.  But something very troubling has been happening over the last few years.

In the late 90s, the mood was that feminism had become somewhat redundant because women’s rights had become encoded into the fabric of our society and were now protected.  Not so.  In recent years, we seem to have moved backwards on this issue, not forwards.  The increasing objectification of women is something I view with alarm.

The inspirational, aspirational women I remember admiring as a teenager have been side-lined by women who are famous for being famous and very little else.  The images young girls see all over the media seek to reinforce the false belief that it is what is outside that counts, not what is inside – that packaging is more important than content.

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Malorie Blackman: author in residence 3/4

by Malorie Blackman
Friday, October 19th, 2012
Malorie Blackman: author in residence 3/4

Read Malorie’s third blog post for our Totally Random website now!

The View From My Attic – Part Three

Calling time on a series is always difficult, especially when you have lived with and grown to love the characters in that series for years.  But there comes a time when you have to say, ‘It’s finished,’ and let it go.

When I wrote Checkmate, the third in the Noughts and Crosses series, I really thought that was it, the series had finally come to an end.  Noughts and Crosses, Knife Edge and Checkmate had taken eight years of my life to complete and I was more than ready to let go of that world and move on to other things.  But Tobey Durbridge, a minor character from Checkmate started whispering in my ear and he just wouldn’t shut up.

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Malorie Blackman: author in residence 2/4

by Malorie Blackman
Friday, October 19th, 2012
Malorie Blackman: author in residence 2/4

Malorie’s second blog post is now up on our Totally Random website.

The View From My Attic – part two

Damien Lewis recently won an Emmy in the best dramatic actor category for his performance in Homeland.   (Compulsive viewing as far as I’m concerned).   He bounded up onto the stage and said something along the lines of (to the best of my recollection) he didn’t believe in judging art but he thought he’d turn up, just in case.

He didn’t believe in judging art…  interesting statement.  The children’s book world contains its fair share of awards and prizes.  But what point or purpose do they serve – apart from stroking the ego of the winning author and/or illustrator?

Well, for a start, they hopefully let readers know that your book not only exists, and is available, but was deemed good enough to make it onto an award shortlist.  More importantly perhaps, it lets people know that there are many , many books in the children’s world worth celebrating.  In these days of more information at our fingertips, it is becoming harder as an author to get your work noticed.  The best book in the world will still sink without trace if no one knows about it.

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Malorie Blackman: author in residence 1/4

by Malorie Blackman
Friday, October 12th, 2012

We’re thrilled to announce that Malorie Blackman is the author in residence on our Totally Random website this month! Each week  in October she’ll be writing a guest post for our blog, talking about her books and sharing her thoughts on the world of writing.

Here’s a taster from Malorie’s first blog post:

The View From My Attic

Writing is a curious business.  Making up characters, conversing with them, getting to know them, loving them, hating them, letting them live inside your head for months or even years would probably have you sectioned in any other line of work!

I first had the idea for my book Noughts and Crosses at least two years before I wrote one word of it.  And it underwent a number of changes before I was happy to begin writing.  In my first scribbled synopsis, even Sephy’s name was different.  She was called Jade.  But Jade didn’t really speak to me.  When I changed her name to Persephone – Sephy for short – she did.

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Would you like to design the cover of Noughts & Crosses?

by Random House Children's Publishers
Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
Would you like to design the cover of Noughts & Crosses?

The Guardian is giving YOU the chance to design the front cover of Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses! If you win, you will see your design brought to life on a limited edition Noughts & Crosses book, and receive 50 copies to share with your friends.

You can be as creative as you like – your design could include painting, collage, digital artwork or photography. So, if you’re a fan of Malorie’s books and have a flair for creativity, enter now! The competition closes on 30th November 2012.

Find out more on the Guardian website.

Good luck and get designing!


World Book Day – Meet the Author event

by Random House Children's Publishers
Friday, March 9th, 2012

Malorie attended an exclusive Meet the Author event alongside teen authors Charlie Higson and Sophie McKenzie on World Book Day, 1st March 2012 at the Apple Store in Covent Garden, London. Download the FREE podcast from the App Store to hear Malorie talking about her contribution to the World Book Day teen app.

To find out more about Callum, Malorie’s short story for the World Book Day App, visit the book page.


Callum by Malorie Blackman – World Book Day App

by Random House Children's Publishers
Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
Callum by Malorie Blackman – World Book Day App

The brand new World Book Day App will feature an exclusive short story by Malorie Blackman, as well as stories from other authors.


In a hostile alternative society, the pale-skinned noughts are treated as inferiors by the ruling dark-skinned Crosses. Callum’s a nought. Sephy’s a Cross. In their world, they simply don’t fit – it’s as clear as black and white. But their childhood friendship has grown into intense, burning love. They have to find a way to be together. Then Sephy’s kidnapped, and Callum’s faced with a choice– his love for Sephy or his loyalty to his brother. Once that choice is made, there can be no looking back.An explosive and passionate short story, set during the timeline of Malorie Blackman’s original dystopian bestseller, Noughts & Crosses.

The World Book Day App is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and is absolutely FREE! Download now from the App store. There will also be a World Book Day App author event between 4.30-5.30pm on 1st March at the Apple Store, Covent Garden, featuring Malorie Blackman in conversation.