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Malorie Blackman: Just Sayin'

Wed 26 Oct 2022, 7.30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Literature & poetry
£15 ⁠–⁠ £25
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past event
Portrait of author Malorie Blackman. She sits in a garden wearing a patterned blue top and a lace cover up.
Paul Akinrinlola

Malorie Blackman's books have shaped British literature and inspired a generation of readers and writers – now, she’s sharing her own story.

At this live event, Blackman discusses her long-awaited autobiography, Just Sayin’, taking us on an inspiring journey back to her childhood, to the precise moment she fell in love with words.

Join Malorie as talks with author, journalist and TV presenter Candice Brathwaite to share how she gravitated to imaginary worlds and realms to escape her complicated childhood.

Eighty-two rejection letters later, with numerous accolades, and over 60 books published, Malorie Blackman has spent her life proving people wrong and writing words to encourage every generation to dream bigger and bigger.

Just Sayin’ is an ode to the younger Malorie, and all the disconnected dreamers like her, as she shares the darker moments that led to her status as a world-renowned author and inspirational writer.

Don’t miss the chance to hear her, as she shares her own life lessons, the impetus behind her biggest books, and a few writing tips too!

Malorie Blackman’s books include the Noughts & Crosses series, Thief and a science-fiction thriller, Chasing the Stars.

Many of her books have also been adapted for stage and television, including a BAFTA-winning BBC production of Pig-Heart Boy and a stage adaptation by Sabrina Mahfouz of Noughts & Crosses.

There is also a major BBC production of Noughts & Crosses, with Roc Nation (Jay-Z’s entertainment company) curating the soundtrack as executive music producer.

In 2008, she received an OBE for her services to children’s literature, and between 2013 and 2015, she was the Children’s Laureate.

Presented in partnership with Penguin Live

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Age recommendation

For ages 16+

This event is Speech-to-Text transcribed (STT).

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Copies of Malorie Blackman’s new book, Just Sayin’, are available to purchase as an optional add-on for £13.99 (RRP £16.99) when you buy a ticket to the talk. These may be collected at the event.

This offer only applies to copies of the book pre-purchased with a ticket and is not available at the event itself.

Dates & times

Wed 26 Oct 2022, 7.30pm
Approximate run time: 1 hour 30 mins.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


  • Standard entry£15 ⁠–⁠ £25*
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