Patrick Ness, an American in London, is the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of the Chaos Walking
trilogy, soon to be a movie starring Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland; A Monster Calls
, already an acclaimed film, which will be on stage at the Old Vic over the summer and Release
, his most personal and tender novel yet, which could win him a third Carnegie medal on June 18th.
Angie Thomas is the Carnegie-nominated, 2018 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winner for her searing debut novel The Hate U Give, a #1 New York Times Bestseller. She was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, The Hate U Give, about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances, addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000, with Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg attached to star. A former teen rapper, Thomas holds a BFA in Creative Writing and an unofficial degree in hip hop.
Katherine Woodfine, the acclaimed author and host of the cult children’s book radio show and podcast, Down The Rabbit Hole, will compère this special event.