A look-back on Blackman's reign as children's laureate

A look-back on Blackman's reign as children's laureate

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.
 
June 2013
Blackman is named children’s laureate, succeeding Julia Donaldson in the position, and vows to get children reading more. 

October 2013
Blackman announces a campaign to support YA fiction in the UK, including a YA Literature Convention to be held in London

July 2014
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.

August 2014
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.

November 2014
Blackman launches Project Remix, a fan fiction-inspired project to find the best teen writers and creatives.

June 2015
In her last weeks in the job, Blackman reveals her "surprise" at the “vitriolic reaction” she had received to some of her own campaigns.