Unheard Voices

Unheard Voices : An Anthology of Stories and Poems to Commemorate the Bicentenary Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 22mm | 181.44g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 0552556009
  • 9780552556002
  • 457,578

About Malorie Blackman

MALORIE BLACKMAN has written over sixty books and is acknowledged as one of today's most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers. She has been awarded numerous prizes for her work, including the Red House Children's Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award. Malorie has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. In 2005 she was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her contribution to children's books, and in 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children's literature. She has been described by The Times as `a national treasure'. Malorie Blackman was the Children's Laureate 2013-15.show more

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"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" * Guardian * "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 * "Unheard Voices deserves to be in every school in the country" -- Enid Stephenson * 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 * "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 *show more

Review Text

"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"show more

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Slavery - an inhuman trade in human misery and suffering . . . Award-winning author MALORIE BLACKMAN has drawn together a riveting collection of stories, poems and first-hand recollections on the theme of slavery. JohnAgard Olaudah Equiano Alex Haley and Benjamin Zephaniah are among those whose work appears alongside an original story and foreword from Malorie herself. Honour the past - and look toward a future in which all peoples of the world may live together in freedom. Front cover photograph Robert Walker / Photonica / Getty Images Back cover photograph William Huber / Stone / Getty Imagesshow more

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