One of the stars of this years Arts festival is best-selling childrens author Jacqueline Wilson. Jacqueline is the writer of, amongst other things, The Illustrated Mum and Double Act and she has book sales in excess of 4 million sold in the UK alone.|
Jacqueline is a star, and is mobbed by readers everywhere she goes, . She has been inundated with prizes including The Young Telegraph/Fully Booked Award for 'The Bed and Breakfast Star', the Smarties Prize, the Sheffield Children's Book Award and the Children's Book Award for 'Double Act'. 'The Illustrated Mum' was shortlisted for the 1999 Whitbread Children's Book and won the 1999 Children Book of the Year at the British Book Awards and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award.
Jacqueline 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 countless Woolworths' exercise books as she grew up. She has written full time since her daughter Emma was born. 'Double Act' was the only contemporary title in the top ten in a search by the BBC to find the Nation's Favourite Children's Book.
Jacquelines visit to Hebden Bridge is an event For schoolchildren and families and everyone interested in children's books. She will be at the Picture House on Thursday 21 June at 5.45 - 6.45.