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From All Writers Matter to Zadie Smith (via Badgers) – a speedy A to Z of being a Black British children’s writer in a publishing industry still working on diversity by Patrice Lawrence

Patrice Lawrence, Writer and Journalist

Date/Time: Tuesday 11 May 2021, 5.30pm

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Hosted by Professor Karen Sands-O'Connor

In 2019, Elizabeth Acevedo became the first writer of colour to win the UK’s CILIP Carnegie Medal in its 83-year history. When we walk into the children’s section of bookshops, we can easily spot books by Angie Thomas, Nic Stone, Jason Reynolds and Kalynn Bayron. So, what’s so tough about being a black writer? Let’s talk...


Patrice Lawrence was born in Brighton and brought up in an Italian and Trinidadian household. Her first book for young adults, Orangeboy, was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award and won the Bookseller YA Prize and Waterstone’s Prize for Older Children's Fiction. Indigo Donut, her second book for teenagers, won the Crimefest YA Prize. Both books have been nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Patrice worked for more than 20 years for charities supporting equality and social justice.

Patrice's book, Rat, is available to buy now from our university bookseller Blackwell's:

Live Q&A:

The lecture will be followed by a live Q&A with the speaker. You can submit a question in advance by sending an email to or during the event using YouTube Live Chat or via Twitter @InsightsNCL.

This event will be hosted on YouTube, registration is not required.