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21Jun

Malorie Blackman’s ‘dynamic imaginary worlds’ win her the PEN Pinter prize

Noughts & Crosses author praised by judges for ‘challenging issues of injustice in a way that is totally engaging’

Noughts & Crosses author Malorie Blackman has become the first children’s and YA writer to be awarded the PEN Pinter prize.

The prize is given by English PEN annually to a writer of “outstanding literary merit” who is based in the UK, Ireland or the Commonwealth. The recipient must also, in the words of Harold Pinter’s Nobel prize, cast an “unflinching, unswerving” gaze on the world and show a “fierce intellectual determination … to define the real truth of our lives and our societies”.

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