of Malorie Blackman’s
forthcoming visit to Birmingham Town Hall, the legendary author has teamed up
with Penguin Random House and Town Hall Symphony Hall to offer secondary
schools in Ladywood an exclusive copy of her long-awaited new novel Crossfire,
the latest title in her ground-breaking Noughts & Crosses series.
Described by Handsworth-born Benjamin Zephaniah as “the most original book I've ever read,” Malorie Blackman's Noughts & Crosses is a seminal piece of young adult fiction; voted as one of the UK's best-loved books. A major BBC six-part adaptation of Noughts & Crosses starring Stormzy is currently being filmed with Roc Nation (Jay-Z's entertainment company) curating and releasing the soundtrack.
A key area of Town Hall Symphony Hall’s learning and participation programme is the Generation Ladywood project: a suite of activities that are offered to young people and their families in the Ladywood constituency – an area where 53% of children live in poverty (source: End Child Poverty Coalition, January 2018) and 85.6% of the population fall within the most deprived 20% of areas in England.
Pupils from Ark St Albans Academy, Aston Manor Academy, Aston University Engineering Academy, Broadway Academy, Holyhead School, Holy Trinity Catholic School and King Edwards VI Aston School all received copies before the end of term.