Project Description

Patrice Lawrence – Do You Know the Rules?

Live Event – Secondary Schools – S1,S2,S3,S4,S5,S6 pupils. No number restrictions.

  • 17th February AM & PM
  • 18th February AM & PM
    • Secondary School 

Patrice Lawrence is a British writer of Caribbean heritage. She writes stories that pick away at social injustice. Her books have been shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Award, won the YA Bookseller Prize, the Waterstones Prize for Older Children’s Fiction, the Crime Fest YA Prize twice, the Woman and Home Teen Drama Award and the inaugural Jhalak Children and Young People’s Prize. She has also been a judge for many book awards and has been nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Award six times and was awarded an MBE for Literature in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Patrice’s session will explore the question “Do you know the rules?”.  Not the rules that are written down, but the ones you’re expected to know to fit in with society. For most of her life, Patrice didn’t think that people like her could be authors or even  characters in books. Come and hear – with the help of her teenage diary -  why being ‘different’ helped Patrice become a writer and why she writes about young people pushing against society’s rules. Questions most certainly welcome!

Book an Event – Secondary Schools

Please select your choices for your Paisley Book Festival school session, and email to your school librarian by 5pm on Monday January 24th  2022 using the subject heading – Paisley Book Festival Schools Programme Bookings.

Closing date – Monday 24th Jan at 5pm

Please specify:

  1. Date and time of session  (please ensure this corresponds with days school librarian is in school)
  2. Which class or classes will be taking part and how many pupils (please check guidance on numbers)
  3. Provide a 1st, 2nd and 3rd preference

Each school will be provided with at least one session based on their preferences as far as possible.  Sessions should take place in the school library where possible.

Patrice Lawrence