Doctor Who screenwriter, author to speak at Festival of Ideas

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Doctor Who Series 11 screenwriter and author Malorie Blackman and Doctor Who author Juno Dawson are scheduled to join a moderated discussion on taboo topics in Young Adult fiction on Saturday, September 15.

The Royal Academy of Arts is hosting the talk as part of its Festival of Ideas.

Malorie Blackman has written over 60 books for children and young adults, including the Noughts and Crosses series, the novel Thief! and was recently announced as writing one episode of Doctor Who Series 11. Blackman also recently contributed to Doctor Who: Thirteen Doctors 13 Stories, an anthology of short stories featuring each Doctor.

Juno Dawson wrote Spot the Difference, The Gender Games and the best-selling non-fiction guide for young LGBT people This Book is Gay. Dawson has also recently penned thirteenth Doctor spin-off novel Doctor Who: The Good Doctor, to be released on October 25.

One might wonder whether Malorie Blackman might give some information on the Doctor Who episode she wrote, which she described as “heartfelt, thought-provoking, timely” in Doctor Who Magazine. Juno Dawson is certainly curious.

According to Blackman, apparently not!

Nevertheless, it should be an interesting talk and give some insight into the types of topics that inform their writing.

The Festival of Ideas is a ten-day seminar held in London by the Royal Academy of Arts.