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Award-winning children's author and creator of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson, describes her prolific writing career as part of Literary Leicester

Posted by pt91 at Nov 08, 2016 12:41 PM |
More tickets released for popular author’s talk on 19 November as venue moves to De Montfort Hall

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 8 November 2016

  • Jacqueline Wilson will appear at De Montfort Hall on Saturday 19 November
  • The talk is part of the University of Leicester's completely free Literary Leicester festival, which runs between Wednesday 16 November to Saturday 19 November
  • Jacqueline, the author of the hugely successful Tracy Beaker series, will introduce a brand new Victorian heroine, Clover Moon
  • The talk is offered in partnership with The Letterbox Club

Former Children's Laureate and Tracy Beaker creator Jacqueline Wilson will visit Leicester's De Montfort Hall this month as part of the University of Leicester's annual celebration of the written word.

‘An Afternoon with Jacqueline Wilson’ will welcome hundreds of fans to the historic city centre venue on Saturday 19 November.

The event was scheduled to take place at the University's main campus on University Road, but after selling out in just ten days, and with requests for tickets continuing to flood in, it was moved to De Montfort Hall (DMH), in Granville Road, which can cater for up to 1,800 people.

Spaces are still available through the Literary Leicester ticketing site.

Jacqueline will read from her new book, Clover Moon, which introduces a brand new Victorian heroine.

The hour-long event, suitable for ages 7+, will also include tales about the books that inspired her as a child.

Literary Leicester, now in its ninth year, runs between Wednesday 16 November to Saturday 19 November.

Organiser Dr Harry Whitehead, Associate Professor of Creative Writing in the University's School of Arts, said he was delighted with the popularity of the event.

“Although we never like turning people away, we are thrilled with how many people have shown an interest in this particular event,” he said. “With funding from the University's Corporate Events department, we have been able to move the talk to De Montfort Hall, which will allow far more members of the public to attend.

“It's fantastic to see the annual event grow like this, and equally as wonderful to be able to present such inspiring writers as Jacqueline. And best of all, the event is completely free, which means people from all walks of life can come. The event is held as part of our long-running partnership with the children's literacy charity The Letterbox Club, and I am so delighted this partnership continues to thrive.”

Jacqueline's best known creation, Tracy Beaker, is the lead character in a series of very popular children's books – which between 2000 and 2010 were reported to be among the most-loaned library books in the UK.

The story revolves around an inventive youngster with a vivid imagination, who lives in care and regularly lands herself in trouble.

The books were adapted for television and ran for eight series, as The Story of Tracy Beaker (2002 – 2005) and Tracy Beaker Returns (2010 – 2012).

In her own words – Jacqueline Wilson talks about her career:

I get my inspiration in all sorts of different ways. I got the idea for The Story of Tracy Beaker because I saw some photos of looked-after children in the local newspaper, all needing foster parents, and I wondered what it would feel like to be one of them.

I didn’t dream that Tracy would be so popular.

I think children love her because she’s very cheeky and naughty, and yet they sense that underneath her outrageous exterior she’s very vulnerable.

I wrote crime novels for adults long ago, but I much prefer writing for children and young people. I can remember exactly what it feels like to be a child, so it helps me get the right tone in my books.

I’ve been writing stories since I was six years old. I’ve got one story that I wrote when I was nine and I’m glad I’ve kept it – but it’s certainly not worthy of publication!

I don’t write autobiographically, but obviously a little of my personality leaks into my main characters.

I read all sorts of girly classics. I especially loved Ballet Shoes, Little Women, What Katy Dad, A Little Princess and The Secret Garden. I love the authors Anne Tyler and Kate Atkinson.

I’ll be talking about my childhood at the Literary Leicester festival, and how I got a job as a journalist when I was seventeen – and then I’ll mention my most recent books.

I’m very pleased to have had public recognition but, to be truthful, I feel most proud when a child tells me they used to find reading boring, but they’ve enjoyed one of my books.

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