Malorie Blackman (b.1962)

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This colour Polaroid print forms part of a photographic series of children's writers, for which Sulter was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery for their 2001 exhibition 'Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter: Portraits of Children's Writers'. Malorie Blackman, children's writer, was born in 1962 to Barbadian parents in London. She was discouraged from becoming an English teacher by a careers advisor and instead pursued a career in computing before becoming a writer at the age of 28. Her first published book was a collection of short stories entitled 'Not So Stupid!' (1990), but she found major success with her first children's novel 'Hacker' (1992). Since then she has written many books, the best-known of which is the ground-breaking 'Noughts and Crosses' series (2001–2008), which imagines a teenage love story in an alternate dystopia with reverse race relations.

National Portrait Gallery, London



Malorie Blackman (b.1962)




colour Polaroid print


H 81.9 x W 56 cm

Accession number

NPG P949(2)

Acquisition method

commissioned, 2001

Work type



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