Inspiring Young Readers

posted on 12 Jul 2017

An Interview with Patrice Lawrence

The Letterpress Project has asked authors and illustrators to think about what has inspired them as artists, what their favourite books are and how they relate to their audience - we've also asked them if they themselves are book collectors.

We are thrilled to present an exclusive interview with the author of fiction for young adults, Patrice Lawrence. Patrice was born in Brighton, raised in Haywards Heath and migrated to London in the mid-90s. She has had a number of jobs including cleaning the wards of a psychiatric hospital and handing out condoms in young people's sexual health clinics. Her debut YA novel, Orangeboy (Hodder Children's, 2016), has been nominated for a number of awards, shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award and won the Waterstones Children's Book Award for Older Fiction. Her second novel, Indigo Donut, will be published in July, 2017.  Patrice is Programme Manager for Spread The Word, London's regional writer development agency.

Patrice has her own blogsite, The Lawrence Line, which can be found at

You can read Patrice's interview with us here: