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Pig Heart Boy author Malorie Blackman inspires Hackney youngsters

PUBLISHED: 12:51 29 April 2013 | UPDATED: 13:02 29 April 2013

Author Malorie Blackman amuses children with her story-telling at De Beauvoir School's assembly.

Author Malorie Blackman amuses children with her story-telling at De Beauvoir School's assembly.

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Noughts and Crosses author Malorie Blackman gave tips on writing stories to youngsters at De Beauvoir School in Tottenham Road, as she urged them to believe in themselves.

The 51-year old author who explores love, racism and violence in her award-winning trilogy was greeted at De Beauvoir School in Tottenham Road by the year six class who sang a song to welcome her.

Ms Blackman spoke passionately to a whole school assembly about how her love of books made her want to be a writer, and gave the children story writing tips.

“Always plan your story first and have a brief outline in your head,” she said.

She also urged the children to find a job they love doing and to believe in themselves.

“Don’t listen to people who say you can’t do something, just find a different way to do it,” she said.

“It took me two years to find a publisher but I kept going and now have had over 60 books published.”

She announced an upcoming makeover for the school library funded by the National Literary Trust, for which she is an ambassador.

The children read the author a short story called “20 Minutes” they have been working on, inspired by her novel Pig-Heart Boy.

Click on the link on the right hand side to see a picture gallery of Ms Blackman’s visit.

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