Children’s Laureate ‘Northern Ireland Stories’ Tour

On the morning of Thursday 20th March twenty-five lucky pupils from Grosvenor's third form received a rare and exciting opportunity when they attended an intimate talk by internationally acclaimed author and current Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman OBE.

The event, held at Cregagh Library and organised by Booktrust N.I. with support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, formed part of Ms Blackman’s current three day ‘Northern Ireland Stories Tour’, during which she is scheduled to deliver a series of intimate talks and workshops at various venues across the province. 

During the event, also attended by third form pupils from Aquinas Grammar School, Ms Blackman spoke to those present about her love for literature, the motivations and inspirations behind her work, the process of writing as well as some of her most famous works.  All in attendance were truly captivated by Ms Blackman’s lively, engaging and humorous delivery and took the opportunity to ask a series of questions at the conclusion of the session before posing for photographs alongside her. 

In total Malorie Blackman has written and published over sixty works of fiction and is arguably best known for her world-renowned ‘Noughts and Crosses’ series, as well as other works such as ‘Hacker’ and ‘Pig Heart Boy’.  She was appointed the U.K’s eighth Children's Laureate in 2013, for a two year period which will conclude next year.

Many thanks to Ms Blackman for delivering such an informative, entertaining and educational talk on the latest leg of her tour; it was met enthusiastically and positively by all in attendance and left many inspired to develop their own creative talents over the years to come.

A number of Grosvenor's third form pupils alongside Malorie Blackman during her 'Northern Ireland Stories' tour

Ms Blackman signs one of her books for third form pupils Lily McCullough and James Joyce