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Malorie Blackman in Conversation

The wait is over for the next novel in the groundbreaking young adult fiction series Noughts & Crosses – join the author herself, in conversation with Tobi Kyeremateng, for an introduction to Crossfire.

Joining the conversation are Josh Dylan and Paterson Joseph who both star in the forthcoming adaptation of Noughts & Crosses for the BBC.

Malorie Blackman’s new novel takes place 34 years after Sephy Hadley – a Cross – first met Callum McGregor – a Nought.

Blackman also discusses the TV adaptation of Noughts & Crosses and gives a preview of what to expect when it hits our screens.

Come along to hear more from an author whose stories have survived and impacted generations, and shed necessary light on the social injustices present in the world.

Discover the next chapter, and what happens when someone gets caught in the crossfire.

Blackman has written over 50 books and is acknowledged as one of today’s most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers.

She has been awarded numerous prizes for her work, including the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award, and was the Children’s Laureate from 2013 to 2015.

Tobi Kyeremateng is an award-winning producer based in South London. She has worked at Bush Theatre, Roundhouse, AFROPUNK London and gal-dem, is the founder of Black Ticket Project, and won the Inspiration of the Year Award at Stylist Magazine’s first Remarkable Women Awards in March 2019.

After co-starring in the 2018 blockbuster Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again, Josh Dylan plays a lead role in Mammoth Screen’s highly-anticipated Noughts & Crosses for the BBC, as well as recently wrapping season two of The End of the F***ing World for Netflix. Shortly after graduating Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2016, Josh made his on-screen debut in Robert Zemeckis’ Allied, opposite Brad Pitt. He can also be seen in Lenny Abrahamson’s A Little Stranger. Josh won a 2017 Off West End Award for his critically acclaimed performance in Sheppey, directed by Paul Miller for the Orange Tree Theatre.

Paterson Joseph grew up in London, where he trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and has had a skyrocketing career in TV, theatre and film, having appeared in over forty series. He is perhaps best known for his iconic role as Alan Johnson in Peep Show. In television, some of his notable credits include Babylon (Channel 4), You Me And The Apocalypse(Sky), Safe House (ITV), Rellik (HBO,BBC), The Leftovers (HBO) and Timeless (NBC). In film he is known for The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio and In the Name of the Father with Daniel Day-Lewis and Emma Thompson. He also has an extensive stage career, working in fringe and touring venues around the country and has spent a number of years at the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has been touring his play Sancho: An Act of Remembrance since 2016. Paterson recently shot a featured role in The End of the F***ing World for Netflix and will next be seen in Noughts & Crosses for the BBC.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


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For ages 12+

Copies of Malorie Blackman’s new book Crossfire (RRP £7.99) are available for £6 when you buy a ticket to the talk. These may be collected at the event.

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