Honorary Doctorate - 2005
Malorie Blackman has been hitting headlines since the release of her latest novel Checkmate, the story of a mixed-race teenage girl who trains to become a suicide bomber. Published in June 2005 before the London terror attacks, the book has been critically acclaimed and Waterstones named it the second best-seller in teen fiction.
London-born Blackman has written more than 50 books for children of all ages. She made the BBC Big Read Top 100 for her highly acclaimed Noughts and Crosses series and was named the Sheffield Children's Book of the Year in 2002.
Her scriptwriting credits include episodes of children's series Byker Grove and episodes for the 2000 BAFTA-winning screen adaptation of her novel Pig-Heart Boy.