|Occupation:||Young Adult Author|
|Birth Day:||February 8, 1962|
|Birth Place:||London, England|
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She graduated from Britain's National Film and Television School and began writing scripts for Byker Grove and other children's television series. Her debut book, a collection of short stories for children, was published in 1990.
She married Neil Morrison in 1992 and their daughter was born in 1995.
Blackman's award-winning Noughts & Crosses series, exploring love, racism and violence, is set in a fictional dystopia. Explaining her choice of title, in a 2007 interview for the BBC's Blast website, Blackman said that noughts and crosses is "one of those games that nobody ever plays after childhood, because nobody ever wins". In an interview for The Times, Blackman said that before writing Noughts & Crosses, her protagonists' ethnicities had never been central to the plots of her books. She has also said, "I wanted to show black children just getting on with their lives, having adventures, and solving their dilemmas, like the characters in all the books I read as a child."
She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.
In June 2013, Blackman was announced as the new Children's Laureate, succeeding Julia Donaldson.
In March 2014, Blackman joined other prominent authors in supporting the Let Books Be Books campaign, which seeks to stop children’s books being labelled as 'for girls' or 'for boys'.
In August 2014, Malorie Blackman was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.
Currently, Malorie Blackman is 59 years, 9 months and 20 days old. Malorie Blackman will celebrate 60th birthday on a Tuesday 8th of February 2022.
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