Children’s Laureate inspires college pupils

Children’s Laureate 2013–15, Malorie Blackman, gave a talk to students at Exmouth Community College.

Children’s Laureate 2013–15, Malorie Blackman, gave a talk to students at Exmouth Community College. Ref exe 4726-38-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton - Credit: Archant

Young readers from Exmouth Community College have enjoyed an inspiring visit from a top children’s author.

Malorie Blackman OBE is the current Children’s Laureate – a position given to an outstanding writer or illustrator, previously held by such names as Quentin Blake, Michael Morpurgo and Jacqueline Wilson.

Malorie is the author of dozens of novels and short stories for children and young adults, including the Noughts and Crosses series and Pig Heart Boy, and has also written for children’s television programmes such as Byker Grove.

During her visit to the college, she was interviewed on stage by four pupils in front of around 400 of their classmates, giving an engaging talk, before signing pupils’ copies of her books.

The visit was one of several the college has planned this year to raise the profile of creative writing and literacy.