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  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446452363
  • Imprint: RHCP Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

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.

  • Pub date: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446452363
  • Imprint: RHCP Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

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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Praise for Unheard Voices

“If you think that marking this bicentenary is slightly unnecessary and a bit of a fuss about nothing, Unheard Voices a collection of writings put together by award-winning children's author Malorie Blackman, about what it meant to be a slave, will change your mind.”

Newbury Weekly News

“the greatest strength of the anthology lies in its careful and effective juxtapositioning of punchy, thought provoking contemporary narratives with the articulate, measured eloquence of those who lived through the ordeal.”

The Guardian

“A hard-hitting read that you won't ever forget.”

Elinor Smith, 16, First News

“It is pitched to perfection”

etc

“This excellent collection of stories, poems and first-hand accounts is published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the Slave Trade Act.”

Carousel

“A riveting collection of stories, poems and first hand recollections on the theme of slavery that not only remembers and commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, but also celebrates the work of some of the finest black writers.”

Michela Horsfield, Daily Echo

“Unheard Voices deserves to be in every school in the country.”

Enid Stephenson, Carousel

“A recommended read for children and adults.”

Irish Examiner

“A stunning anthology”

Birmingham Post

“It is a valuable resource”

School Librarian


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