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About Jacqueline

Biography

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.

Coming Soon!

100th book coming soon!

01 September 2014

Hello Everyone

I’m so excited!  My hundredth book, Opal Plumstead, is coming out on 9th October and I’m busy fixing up all the events I’m going to be doing.  I’ll be at the the Lyric Theatre in London at eleven o’clock on 11th October to do a special gala event.  I’m going to be introduced by a very famous friend, and there are all sorts of extra surprises.  I do hope you can come along.  For ticket information please visit the events page.  If London is too far a trip for you, don’t worry.  I’ll be at Cheltenham on Sunday 12th, so maybe we can meet up then?  I’ll be at the Guildford Festival on Thursday 16th, and I’ll be in Manchester for another tremendous gala on Sunday 19th October, with the fabulous Helen Skelton.  For ticket details please visit the events page.  Then I’ll be in Hampshire at the Wessex book fair on Tuesday 28th …. and if October doesn’t work for you, I’ll be doing an event for Newham Books in London on Sunday 16th November and I’ll be at the Richmond Literary Festival on Saturday 22nd.  I do hope I can meet as many of you as possible!

I’m also at the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green on Sunday 28th September to celebrate the Big Draw, for all you people who are at all artistic – and my exhibition is still at the museum so I hope you can enjoy that too.  And it’s not just me that’s in the news.  If you’ve heard about my adorable Battersea rescue puppy Jackson, then watch the television programme For the Love of Dogs on Thursday 2nd October!

So many dates!  And best of all, I’m going on holiday in September – hurray!!!  I haven’t had any time off for the last two years, as I’ve been ill and also very busy, but now I’m going to have a week in North Norfolk, one of my all-time favourite places – and Jackson is coming too.  I can’t wait to see him running on the sand and discovering the sea!  I’ll try and post a photo of him next time.

Love from Jacqueline

Diary archive

An aspiring translater

01 July 2014

Dearest Jacqueline,

I know about billions of letters you get every day. I understand I'm just a 16-years-old Russian girl, who can't be really interesting for a famous writer. But I wanna try to be "same same but different", so it's not just "thank-you-Jacqueline-u-r-cool" mail. I have questions. Me and your books-we have a history. It starts seven years ago, when I was only nine. It was my first meeting with a big world-I visited Moscow, and then spent time in Egypt with my parents. I'm from little town in Syberia, so there were my first air flight, first sea, first hotel, beach, foreign country, shops, people, etc... And then your book. (I was choosing between "w.i.t.c.h" comics and your "Tracy Byker". You won.) I red it waiting for a plane in airport. Still don't know why I loved it-I was a child, and Tracy story is serious. But since that time Mum hadn't problems with gifts for me. Each your book has taste for me. "Midnight" tastes oranges, and New Year Tree, and sweets, and lights in living room. I saw "Illustrated mum" in my dream, and my parents bought it for good ending of school year. "Best friends" and "Vicky Angel" are from school library, I was the only one girl who took books not for study, that's why nobody checked how much time I took your books. 

The truth is I'm not your fan-I love your heroes. I mean, Dolphin is the bravest girl I had ever met. Emily is clever. Darling and India... I don't understand, why they are best friends. They are like relatives, because they don't need communication, sharing secrets, just a strong support and trust. I can compare your heroes, not only girls-their parents, family life. In Russia we have only 15-20 translated books, that's why I read it again and again. You made a world for me, Jacqueline.

I tried writing, too. But how do you say goodbye to your heroes and let them live? I create someone who means me and then "playing" with my hero making him happy, others just help. When did you start to forget about yourself?

I still impolite. Sorry. My name is Anne, my favourite thing in the world since I was 3 y.o is reading. My favourite books are "The Great Gatsby" and "Jane Eyre" 

Big lie. I have too much lovely books to choose 1 or 2. 

The fact about me: I love life. I love English language, and I don't care about political games. I believe books, movies, serials, social networks, charity organizations make humanity-it doesn't matter who is your president. 

You know what, Jacqueline? You were the first who shown me real people. I mean, you heroes have  embarrassing problems-but they stay beautiful. You just told-it's normal to have something dirty-say clean inside. That's why I love your world.

I want to be a translator... You understand from what I'll start?

I will be the happiest girl ever if you'll answer me something special. 

Best wishes from Syberia,

Anne.

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Jacqueline’s reply

Dear Anne

Thank you so much for your lovely long letter.  I always love getting emails from all over the world, and this month yours was a particular delight.  I’m so touched that my books have meant so much to you.  You obviously read very widely.  I like ‘The great Gatsby’ too – and ‘Jane Eyre’ is my all-time favourite Victorian novel.  I especially love the early parts where Jane is a little girl.

I think you’ll make an excellent translator.  It will be wonderful if you can translate one of my books in the future!

Very best wishes

Jacqueline    

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

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

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Check our Jacqueline's new addition Jackson!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!

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Year 6 pupils at Portsmouth Grammar Junior school interviewing Jacqueline for their school magazine!Jacqueline signing books at her event in Canterbury.Jacqueline spoke to a hundreds of people about Emerald Star at her event in Canterbury in July 2013!Jacqueline celebrating Emerald Star and Diamond with a circus cake!Jacqueline with her new kitten Lily.Jacqueline WilsonJacqueline WilsonJacqueline WilsonJacqueline WilsonJacqueline WilsonJacqueline WilsonJacqueline WilsonJacqueline WilsonJacqueline WilsonJacqueline Wilson

Opal Plumstead Premiere Event

Hear Jacqueline discussing her career and 100th book! There will be no book signing after the talk but there will be plenty of opportunity for children to ask questions. Copies of Opal Plumstead will be available to purchase from Waterstones on the day and all will have been pre-signed by Jacqueline Wilson.

Buy tickets here

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!). 

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