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City Lit announces winners of the Malorie Blackman ‘Unheard Voices’ Scholarships

25 May 2020
Posted in: News

We are delighted to announce the winners of the Malorie Blackman ‘Unheard Voices’ Scholarships – Congratulations to Osob Dahir, Beena Nadeem and Celestine Fraser.

City Lit today announced the three winners of the Malorie Blackman Scholarships for ‘Unheard Voices’. City Lit provides three annual awards worth up to £1000 each to fund study within the City Lit Creative Writing department. The awards seek to support and encourage the creative and professional development of ‘unheard voices’.  The final award winners have been carefully selected by acclaimed writer, City Lit Fellow and Patron of the School of Humanities & Sciences, Malorie Blackman OBE.

Malorie Blackman said: “It was an incredibly hard decision as they were all so enjoyable to read. The calibre of the writing was so high from so many of the entries that they made my job very difficult!  The three winners write beautifully and I can’t wait to see what they produce in the future.”

The three scholarship winners submitted excerpts from their writing entitled:

Jawaahir’s Cloth – Osob Dahir

Punching a Horse – Beena Nadeem 

The Night Side – Celestine Fraser

City Lit CEO and Principal Mark Malcomson CBE said
; “We are thrilled to announce our winners for the Unheard Voices Scholarships and to have our dear friend Malorie personally selecting the winners. Malorie’s history with City Lit just goes to show how important in a writer’s career a creative writing course can be. We’re so excited to uncover the next generation of story-tellers, bringing their unique perspectives to the fore.”

Malorie Blackman has a long connection with City Lit as a former student attending diverse courses since the late 1980s. Having written over fifty books, Malorie is acknowledged, as one of today’s most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers; works which further translate into captivating stories for fans of all ages on the small screen. She has been recognised with numerous honours for her work and in 2008 received an OBE for her services to children’s literature. Malorie was the Children’s Laureate between 2013 and 2015 and her autobiography will be published on Stormzy’s Merky Books imprint in 2022.

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