Malorie Blackman (1962-), Children's writer
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Malorie Blackman studied computer science and pursued a career in computing, before becoming a writer at the age of twenty-eight. Her first published book was a collection of short stories entitled Not So Stupid! (1990). Since then she has written many books, the best-known of which is Noughts and Crosses (2001). Her scripts for television include several episodes of Byker Grove, Whizziwig and Pig-Heart Boy, and she has also written original dramas for CITV and BBC Education. Her stage play, The Amazing Birthday, was performed in 2002. Blackman writes for all ages of children.