Authors have been thanking Malorie Blackman on her last day as children’s laureate.
Blackman’s two year stint in the position ended yesterday (8th June), with the new laureate being announced at noon today (9th June).
We take a look at some of the most significant events of Blackman’s reign, and some of the tributes being paid to the author on Twitter.
Blackman is named children’s laureate, succeeding Julia Donaldson in the position, and vows to get children reading more.
Blackman announces a campaign to support YA fiction in the UK, including a YA Literature Convention to be held in London
Blackman opens the first Young Adult Literature Convention dressed in a Star Trek outfit and speaking in the fictional language of Klingon, in keeping with the festival’s setting as part of the London Film and Comic Convention.
After speaking out about the lack of diversity in children’s books, Blackman is subjected to a barrage of abuse on social media, but says she will not be silenced.
Blackman launches Project Remix, a fan fiction-inspired project to find the best teen writers and creatives.
In her last weeks in the job, Blackman reveals her "surprise" at the “vitriolic reaction” she had received to some of her own campaigns.
My last day as Children’s Laureate. One chapter of my life is coming to an end. So looking forward to writing the next chapter!— Malorie Blackman (@malorieblackman) June 8, 2015
Wishing the wonderful @malorieblackman a memorable last day as children's laureate - thank you for inspiring so many of us Penguins.— Penguin Books UK (@PenguinUKBooks) June 8, 2015
Huge thanks to @malorieblackman for being so awesome hard working - such an inspiration to us all- will work hard to keep the flame burning— Sarah Mussi (@sarahmussi) June 8, 2015
I know a lot of people have said it, but can we just give it up again for @malorieblackman ? Possibly the best ever Children's Laureate.— Patrick Ness (@Patrick_Ness) June 7, 2015