Children and young adult fiction writer Patrice Lawrence will be joined in conversation with illustrator and artist Amara Antoinette.
Patrice and Amara met while collaborating with the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and school children on Grandma’s Footsteps. The online story uses the power of storytelling to engage young people with the latest environmental research about air pollution.
Amara Antoinette is a Black, British Jamaican, artist-educator and trainee art therapist born and raised in Birmingham. Her personal work explores socio-political themes through poetry and illustration. Her educational work focuses on promoting emotional and social wellbeing for children and people with additional needs through experimental and exploratory art making.
Patrice Lawrence was born in Brighton and brought up in Haywards Heath. Patrice is an award-winning writer of stories for children and young people. Orangeboy, her debut book for young adults was shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award, won the Bookseller YA Prize and Waterstones Prize for Older Children's Fiction and has been shortlisted for many regional awards. Indigo Donut, her second book about young adults, was published in July 2017. It was book of the week in The Times, Sunday Times and Observer and one of The Times top children's books in 2017. Both books have been nominated for the Carnegie Award. Eight Pieces of Silva, published by Hodder in August 2020, is shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2021 and the Jhalak Children’s and Young Adult Prize 2021. Patrice's latest novel Splinters of Sunshine (Hodder) will be published in August 2021 and features the Sussex countryside.