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About Jacqueline


Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine, filling in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named after her!) before turning to writing novels full-time.

One of Jacqueline’s most successful and enduring creations has been the famous Tracy Beaker, who first appeared in 1991 in The Story of Tracy Beaker. This was also the first of her books to be illustrated by Nick Sharratt. Since then Jacqueline has been on countless awards shortlists and has gone on to win many awards. The Illustrated Mum won the  Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, the 1999 Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards and was also shortlisted for the 1999 Whitbread Children’s Book Award.


Double Act won the prestigious Smarties Medal and the Children’s Book Award as well as being highly commended for the Carnegie MedalThe Story of Tracy Beaker won the 2002 Blue Peter People’s Choice Award.

Jacqueline is one of the nation’s favourite authors, and her books are loved and cherished by young readers not only in the UK but all over the world. She has sold millions of books and in the UK alone the total now stands at over 35 million!

In 2002 Jacqueline was awarded the OBE for services to literacy in schools and from 2005 to 2007 she was the Children’s Laureate. In 2008 she became Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

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Letter for March

01 March 2014

Dear Everyone

Oh my goodness, it’s been a very busy month!  It’s been such a treat for me to meet so many of you at my ‘Paws and Whiskers’ talks and signings!  I’ve loved telling everyone about my new anthology and chatting at length about Jacob and Lily.  They are now FAMOUS cats.  I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they were swanning round the gardens showing off to all the neighbouring cats.  Maybe they’ve started signing autographs!

        It was a delight to begin with a Gala day at the Leicester Square Theatre with my friend Claire Horton from Battersea with her adorable rescue dog Wilma, plus five other rescue friends, including a diminutive Chihuahua and a Staffie puppy.  Then I spoke to nine hundred children at the Imagine festival on the South Bank, signed for nearly three hours at Jarrolds delightful department store in Norwich, and did a talk and signing in a beautiful church in Hove for the Book Nook. I shall be at the Chorley Wood Literary Festival on Saturday 8th March. 

              That’s the last book event for this month – but in April I shall be busy busy busy, because the play of ‘Hetty Feather’ opens at the Rose Theatre in Kingston on 5th April, and on that very day the special exhibition about me opens at the V & A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green.  I shall be attending both openings and then on Sunday 6th rushing to Cambridge to take part in their Festival – and I hope to see my daughter Emma there too!

            I shall also be going to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home on Thursday 20th because they’re having a special private ceremony, laying the cornerstone for their new dog kennels.  It will be so wonderful when all the dogs can be housed in specially designed new quarters.  The cats already have their cosy cabins with perches and beds and hidey holes.  There’s one specially dedicated to Jacob!

Love Jacqueline


A worried cat owner!

24 February 2014

To Jacqueline Wilson,

Hello, my name is Jazzmyn Crathern. I am 11 years old, and I have been reading your books since I was eight. I have read many of your books, but my favourite books have to be Midnight, The Worst Thing About My Sister, The Diamond Girls and The Dustbin Baby.

My Step Dad recently bought me a new one of your books called Paws And Whiskers. I was reading Leonie's Pet Cat, and in the story it says about how Jenna Williams has a pet cat. I was very intrigued to see what LuLu looked like because I have always had a connection with animals. I was absolutely thrilled when you described LuLu, because the description of her is very similar to one of my cats Harvey.

Harvey is mostly blue (or grey, it depends on how you say it) with white socks on his feet, a white chest and a white nose and mouth which makes him look like he's wearing a mask.

When I had finished reading the short story, I searched through all of my old Jacqueline Wilson magazines until I found a page about your cat. But this time the cat was called Jacob, now this may sound silly but my best friend's name is Jacob so I was very pleased to read this.

But unfortunately, my cat is ill. He has always been a bit strange but now he's worse then ever. He's going bald where he's over grooming himself, he's always fighting with his sister Holly,he's scared of the slightest of things and he acts like he barely knows me. But he also has a strange relationship with the printer. He gets over excited when ever I get the printer out. Harvey has always been quite a happy cat and he doesn't seem bothered by all this but I definitely am.  Harvey is around 7 years old so I know it cant be old age, but I'm really worried about him. I've had him since I was six years old and I love him to bits because he was there for me when my parents split up.

I don't want you to think that by telling you this, that I'm expecting you to magically make him better, because I'm not. I just needed someone to talk to about it because I'm really worried. We tried taking him to the vets and that didn't change anything. Trying to get him into the box was stressful enough for both him and my mother.

When we got to the vet's they said it might be fleas, so we bought £80 worth of flea stuff and it didn't help either.

I know you must get letters like this all the time so I don't expect you to write back.

Jazzmyn Crathern


Hello again

Harvey is getting better, he is not so bald and he seems to be remembering me. I'm not getting my hopes up that much yet because he goes through these stages when he's really ill, then after a few weeks or months he gets alot better. But that never lasts for long. He still acts sheepish around, well anything and everything, but things are definatly looking up :)

I know you probably here this a lot, but your books have inspired me. I make up stories in my head, but when I've written them down I always find faults in my writing and then get annoyed and tell myself I can do better. So now I just keep my stories inside my head instead. That's probably safer anyway, because if I told someone won of my crazy stories, they would probably run a mile.

It would be nice to hear from you, but even if you don't i'll email you soon. It's always nice to talk to someone even if i'm the only one talking.

Jazz :)

Jacqueline’s reply

Dear Jazzmyn

Thank you for your two emails.  I’m so glad Harvey is a little better now.  It must be so worrying for you.  I’ll tell you something – my little cat Lily is fascinated by my printer too!  She also gets very excited when I open the DVD player with my remote.  She just can’t work out how I do it. 

Don’t worry about finding faults in your writing.  I ALWAYS find faults in my stories when I read through them!  I should write your stories down so that they are safe on the page.  If you keep them in your head they’ll gradually fade away.

I’m sure they’re worth keeping!  

Love Jacqueline Wilson

Fan mail archive

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Jacqueline really does appreciate all letters she receives every month and is sorry that she doesn't  have the time to meet you all or reply to all your messages individually.

She's always busy writing brilliant new books for you to enjoy, and visiting bookshops where she tries to meet as many of you as she can. Every month, we at the Official Jacqueline Wilson fan club collect all your letters and send them on to Jacqueline – then she chooses her favourite, most interesting and original email to answer on this very special fan mail page.

So if you have 'contacted Jacky' do check back to see if your letter has been chosen! Remember that Jacqueline is unable to respond to all of your letters so please don’t be too disappointed if you don't get a reply. And if you need to talk to someone in complete confidence about anything that is worrying you, please contact Childline.

News & Interviews 2014

Thursday 3 April, 2014

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Four Children and It was voted 'UK Favourite Book' in the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards! 

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Sunday 23 February, 2014

Excited youngsters meet favourite author Jacqueline Wilson at Jarrolds in Norwich!

Read about the Paws and Whiskers event at Jarrolds and watch the video!

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Tuesday 18 February, 2014

Jacqueline answers your questions on CBBC Newsround!

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Friday 24 January, 2014

Jacqueline Wilson is featured in a full page special as part of the Evening Standard Get London Reading campaign – it’s a brilliant piece and is in print and online.

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News & interviews archive


Here you'll find information and links whenever Jacqueline appears in the news and media. Updated regularly.

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Jacqueline at Hetty Feather LiveAnother scene from Hetty Feather LiveHetty Feather LivePhoebe Thomas as Hetty FeatherJacqueline at a ceremony at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to mark the laying down of the foundations of the new kennel block!A dog from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home meeting fans outside the premiereDogs from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home at the Paws and Whiskers premiereFans waiting for signing to begin at JarroldsJacqueline at the Paws and Whiskers premiereJacqueline with two fans at JarroldsJacqueline attended the launch of the first ever stage version of Hetty Feather at London's Foundling Museum, the historic location for Hetty's tale. Find out more about the tour here: www.hettyfeather.comJacqueline attended the launch of the first ever stage version of Hetty Feather at London's Foundling Museum, the historic location for Hetty's tale. Find out more about the tour here: www.hettyfeather.comJacqueline visiting Battersea!Jacqueline at the Battersea Ball!Here's a picture from Jacqueline's signing in WHS Reading.  These two fans had come straight from wedding!Year 6 pupils at Portsmouth Grammar Junior school interviewing Jacqueline for their school magazine!

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Hetty Feather - Live on Stage!

Performances from April 5 - April 19, 2014


From best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson, the tale of plucky Hetty Feather is brought thrillingly to life on stage for the Rose Theatre by award winning script writer Emma Reeves (CBBC’s The Story of Tracy Beaker) and the Olivier Award Nominated Director Sally Cookson, whose many five star productions include Peter Pan, We're Going on a Bearhunt and Stick Man.

With live music, circus skills and a huge heart, Hetty Feather is a terrific adventure story – the perfect Easter treat for the whole family.

Age guidance 7+

Venue: Rose Theatre

Theatre website

Sapphire Battersea Book Tour

Saturday 29th October, London

My last event - and it was a brilliant one too!  Annette at the Foundling Museum had found delightful little red-haired twins to be Hetty Feather/Sapphire Battersea. The girls gave excellent readings, and there were all sorts of crafts and quizzes to take part in. I gave a talk in the morning and another in the afternoon, and signed multiple copies of my two Hetty books. I met such interesting people too - lovely sisters called Precious, Faith and Blessing, and Isadora who had a copy of my favourite children's book 'Nancy and Plum'. I especially liked Molly who wrote a wonderful story for me from Jacob's point of view - and she gave me a little woolly mouse present for him too.

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Wednesday 26th October & Thursday 27th October

I love going up to Huddersfield to Sonia and Barry Benster’s Children’s Bookshop.  They always make a big fuss of me – and this time insisted on giving me two beautiful Faith Jaques picture books as a present. I gave an after dinner speech celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Kirklees and Calderdale Children’s Book Group. It was originally going to be an adult evening but lots of lovely girls came too, all in beautiful party dresses.


The next morning we drove over to Haworth where I was giving a talk arranged by the Bronte Parsonage Museum. Charlotte Bronte has been my favourite classic writer since I was a teenager, so I was thrilled to be invited. I was shown all around the wonderfully atmospheric museum and then taken behind the scenes. The curator showed us tiny little letters and stories and sketches by the Bronte children, and a lock of Charlotte’s hair. There are some wonderful perks if you’re a travelling children’s writer!

Saturday 22nd October- Butlins, Bognor

It was great fun to go to Butlins in Bognor – I wish there had been time to go on some of the rides. Gary Deane of Waterstone’s had organised a wonderful huge blow up of the Sapphire Battersea cover with Hetty’s face cut out so you could peep through for photographs – a brilliant idea. Ruby and Lottie gave me a wonderful enormous picture of my little cat Jacob and me signing books for all my favourite characters. Kitty made Jacob his own cute toy mouse and Ella gave me a beautiful sparkly necklace. I even had a very special early Christmas card from Leah.

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Thursday 20th October- Ripley St Thomas Academy, Lancaster

I did an interview with a journalist from The Guardian on a mobile phone whilst I was in the car on the way to Ripley St Thomas Academy in Lancaster. The event was beautifully organised by Rosalind Buckland the librarian there. All the girls were kept happy watching a DVD of Tracy Beaker while I signed everybody’s books.

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Wednesday 19th October- University of Central Lancashire

Oh my goodness.. It was very exciting that the University of Central Lancashire was holding a special Jacqueline Wilson Festival! It was hard work for Nick and me, but extremely enjoyable. On the Wednesday I gave an hour’s writing workshop to the winners of a short story competition – they were very talented too. After lunch Nick and I met all thirty competition winners and sgned books and had our photos taken and then we had a special press conference led by four excellent young girl reporters. Then Nick and I judged competitions. I found it such a hard task. I loved Charlotte’s and Ellie’s stories but Jenni’s very touching emotional entry simply had to be the winner. I presented the prize to her when I gave my talk in the evening and then I was kept very busy signing. I met such lovely girls – Rebecca gave me a Victorian style doll called Lady Priscilla and Molly and Jenny gave me a little grey Radish rabbit beautifully dressed in Sapphire Battersea’s best green dress.

Saturday 15th October- Richard Rose Central Academy, Carlisle

I did a talk for Waterstones in Carlisle in a beautiful state-of-the-art school, the Richard Rose Central Academy. I met Caitlyn and Lydia two very keen fans wearing woolly hats and customised T shirts. I was touched by two sisters Olivia, who wrote a very sensitive poem starting “I am imaginative and I love to draw”. Her younger sister Frankie told me all about her three cats. I also met a fantastic boy fan, Samuel in a zany lion T shirt.

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Thursday 13th October- Seven Stories exhibition, Newcastle

It was so exciting to go to Seven Stories in Newcastle to see my very own exhibition there, Daydreams and Diaries: the Story of Jacqueline Wilson. Gill and Alison and their brilliant team have worked so hard to make it such a wonderful exhibition too. You start off in a replica of my childhood bedroom and see all my favourite pictures and books and dolls – you can even open a chest of drawers and see the sort of dresses I used to wear! The exhibition features all my favourite books, the actual sofa from the set of Tracy Beaker Returns, and you can try on Victorian style hats and make a Hetty Feather silhouette. The exhibition celebrates my dear friend Nick too – you can view all our holiday snaps. If you get to go to Seven Stories, do write and let me know which part you like the most.

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Saturday 8th October – Waterstone’s in Bridport, Dorset

 I had a lovely day out to Bridport in Saturday and gave a talk at the Electric Palace Theatre. I met up with Charlotte and her brother Brandon and their Mum and had a happy chat before my event. I talked for an hour and then started signing books. First in the queue were sisters Josie and Chloe who have called their chicken Hetty Feather! I was taken with two other sisters called Elkie and Phoenix, a talented artist called Nia, and a delightful small girl called Tilly who suggested I should read Anne of Green Gables.

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Friday 7th October – WH Smith, Guildford

Today I went to WH Smith in Guildford and met Anna and Lauren, two lovely friends who want to be writers. I also saw Aleysha who last met me at WH Smith in Reading and had gorgeous, glossy photos to prove it. 

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Thursday 6th October – The Children’s Bookshop, Muswell Hill, London

I so love the very special Muswell Hill Children’s Bookshop! Kate organised a brilliant event and I met such lovely children. I was taken with friends Gabriella (who likes writing and ballet) and Isabella (who likes reading and ice skating). Jolene gave me a beautiful big bouquet of flowers. I loved chatting to Dottie and her Mum and also to Bell and Holiday, two friends with beautifully unusual names.

Saturday 1st October – Bath Festival of Children’s Literature

It was great to start the very special Sapphire Battersea Tour with a HUGE event. I love going to Bath (my birth city!) and I had a wonderful time at The Forum. I spoke to 1,424 people. I think this is a new record, my biggest audience ever. John and his team at the Bath Festival made everything run very smoothly and it was lovely to be introduced by my old friend Jeremy Strong (we share Nick Sharratt as an illustrator!). 

Photo by Julian Foxton

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