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In Conversation with Catherine Johnson and Patrice Lawrence

Join writers Catherine Johnson and Patrice Lawrence in the Seven Stories Attic as they talk about their work, and reflect on issues around children’s literature and race. 

Date/Time: 24 November 2017 16:30 - 24 November 2017 18:00

Venue: Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children's Books

Catherine and Patrice will also reflect on how Seven Stories can better represent Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic voices as part of a national story of children’s literature, closing the Diverse Voices?  Curating a National History of Children’s Books symposium.  Talk chaired by Darren Chetty from UCL Institute of Education. Catherine Johnson has written several books for children and young adults, including A Nest of Vipers, Sawbones and, most recently, The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo.  Catherine has also written for film, notably the critically acclaimed Bullet Boy. Patrice Lawrence is a bold, fresh voice in young adult fiction, and her debut YA novel, Orangeboy won both the Waterstones Children's Book Prize for Older Children 2017 and the The Bookseller's YA Book Prize 2017.

Event is hosted by Newcastle University’s Institute for Social Renewal and Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books. This event is part of Freedom City 2017 – a city wide programme across Newcastle marking the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. receiving an honorary degree at Newcastle University. Visit for further information.

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