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Malorie Blackman

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in London, The United Kingdom
February 08

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An award-winning children's author, Malorie Blackman was honoured with an OBE in 2008. Her work has been adapted for TV and stage.

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Malorie Blackman In my final scene, Cassio, who is now in charge, tries one last time to get Iago to say why he caused the deaths of so many innocent people.

Cassio:
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In my final scene, Cassio, who is now in charge, tries one last time to get Iago to say why he caused the deaths of so many innocent people.

Cassio:
Thy hands and thy feet, they shalt be shackled,
Knave, thou art to be pulled upon the rack
Till thy skin tears and thy bones crack.
The power to forestall such grim torments
Lies within thine own grasp, if thou wouldst but admit
The why of thy sins and freely repent…

Iago howls… with laughter.

My book Chasing the Stars was inspired by Shakespeare’s Othello, so I have chosen to add a scene to the end of that play. I had to study Othello as one of my A Level set texts many moons ago, and it has since become one of my favourite Shakespeare plays.

My scene above takes place at the very end of the play, when Othello, Desdemona, Roderigo and Emilia are all dead – thanks to Iago. Once he realises how he’d been duped, Othello is desperate to know why Iago did it? Iago answers:

‘Demand me nothing. What you know, you know.
From this time forth I never will speak word.’

Iago is warned that ‘Torments will ope thy lips.’ He’s going to be tortured for what he’s done. My scene above shows Cassio, who has taken over after Othello’s death, still trying to get Iago to at least apologise for what he did. Iago, though in pain, laughs in Cassio’s face. I don’t believe Iago is a man to feel remorse for what he has done or to explain himself. The scene I wrote above expresses that.

Can a person be truly one hundred per cent evil? I believe Iago comes close.
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“Just remember, Callum when you’re floating up and up in your bubble, that bubbles have a habit of bursting. The higher you climb, the further you have to fall.”
Malorie Blackman, Noughts & Crosses

“That just the way it is. Some things will never change. That's just the way it is. But don't you believe them.”
Malorie Blackman, Noughts & Crosses

“Don't you know that boys don't cry?' Adam grinned.
'Shall I tell you something I've only recently discovered,' I replied, not attempting to hide the tears rolling down my face and not the least bit ashamed of them. 'Boys don't cry, but real men do.”
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