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  • Published: 1 May 2007
  • ISBN: 9780552556002
  • Imprint: Corgi Childrens
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $14.99

Unheard Voices

An Anthology of Stories and Poems to Commemorate the Bicentenary Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade




An anthology of short stories and poems collected by Malorie Blackman to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act.

In March 1807, the British Parliament passed an Act making the trading and transportation of slaves illegal. It was many years before slavery, as it was known then, was abolished, and slavery still continues today in different ways, but it was a big step forward towards the empancipation of a people.
Malorie Blackman has drawn together some of the finest of today's writers and poets to contribute to this important anthology. Their short stories and poems sit alongside first-hand accounts of slavery from freed slaves, making a fascinating and absorbing collection that remembers and commemorates one of the most brutal and long-lasting inflictions of misery that human beings have inflicted upon other human beings.
UNHEARD VOICES Contributors:
Foreword from Malorie Blackman
* New Stories:
New stories from the following authors:
Malorie Blackman
Sandra Agard
Valerie Bloom
Catherine Johnson
* Extracts from published works:
Alex Haley (ROOTS)
James Berry (AJEEMAH AND HIS SON)
Lalita Tademy (CANE RIVER)
Gary Paulsen (extract from NIGHTJOHN)
* Slave Narratives:
Extracts from the classic slave narratives written mostly in the l9th century and telling the true-life accounts of slavery from those who had been born into slavery. Extracts included from:
Olaudah Equiano
Harriet Jacobs
Frederick Douglass
Mary Prince
* Poetry
Poems from:
Benjamin Zephaniah
Grace Nichols
John Agard
James Berry

  • Pub date: 1 May 2007
  • ISBN: 9780552556002
  • Imprint: Corgi Childrens
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Author

Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman has written over 60 books for children and young adults, including the Noughts & Crosses series, Thief and most recently her science fiction thriller Chasing the Stars. Her work has also been adapted for TV with the 6-part adaptation of Pig-Heart Boy winning a BAFTA and Noughts & Crosses currently in production for the BBC, with Roc Nation (Jay-Z's entertainment company) on board to curate and release the soundtrack as Executive Producer. A stage adaptation of the book, by Pilot Theatre, will run from February 2019, under the direction of Sabrina Mahfouz. In 2005, Malorie was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her distinguished contribution to the world of children’s books, in 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children’s literature and, between 2013 and 2015, she was the Children’s Laureate. Malorie is currently writing for the new Doctor Who series on BBC One and the fifth novel in her Noughts & Crosses sequence, Crossfire, will be published by Penguin Random House Children's in summer 2019.

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