Turton High pupils meet Children's Laureate
PUPILS from Turton High School met the Children’s Laureate, Malorie Blackman, to discuss writing as part of the Manchester Literature Festival.
The 25 students were among a group taking part in the event at Manchester’s Z Arts Centre.
Ms Blackman, who is the author of Noughts and Crosses and has won numerous awards for her work, told her audience: “Each and every one of us has a voice and we have to know that, we have to believe that, and we have to stand up and use it.”
Emily Birtley, aged 12, said “It was a pleasure meeting her and very interesting to hear her opinions on different subjects. I look forward to reading more of her books.”
Turton teacher, Angela Golland, thought that Ms Blackman was “an inspirational speaker, encouraging young people to read and write more”.
Ms Blackman said that as a child, she read as much fiction as she possibly could in her local library.
She added that, although some of her work was considered controversial, she did not think there was a topic she would shy away from in one of her books.
Ms Blackman took questions from the audience, and led everybody in a round of ‘happy-birthday’ for one lucky pupil.
The event was part of the Manchester Literature Festival and was presented in partnership with the Manchester Children’s Book Festival at Manchester Metropolitan University.
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