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.

A young Jacqueline at school!

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. The CBBC series about Tracy Beaker has been an enormous success and brought a new audience to the books. Since Tracy’s first appearance, Jacqueline has been on countless award shortlists and has gone on to win many of them. 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 Medal. The 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 40 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.

Letter for October

11 October 2019

Dear Everyone

It’s going to be a busy busy busy time for me this month!  I shall be whizzing all over the country talking about my new book We Are The Beaker Girls.  Check out the dates and venues and see if you can possibly come and see me! 

https://www.jacquelinewilson.co.uk/events.php

I’ll be in Bath, Wimbledon, Norwich, Stockport, Lincoln, Manchester and Alexandra Palace in London.  I shall be looking forward to that day in particular (Monday 21st when I hope you might be on half term) because it’s a very memorable place for me.  I went to an all night rock concert there with a boyfriend when I was in my mid teens, and I felt so daring and sophisticated!  Maybe I’ll feel tempted to relive the past and start jiving on stage.  Probably it won’t be a pretty sight!

I wonder what sort of dancing Tracy would do?  Something very wild and energetic – with a few high kicks thrown in.  Her daughter Jess would be terribly embarrassed!  It’s such fun resurrecting characters from the past.  I’ve loved finding out what Tracy and Justine and Peter and Football are doing now they’re adults.  Tracy’s the only one with a child – and she’s a fantastic mum.

I think care-leavers often make brilliant caring parents.  I met four really interesting teenagers in care the other day when we were all making a video for an award ceremony.  I asked them what they wanted to do when they grew up.  The older boy wanted to be an airline pilot, the younger boy a policeman.  The two girls wanted to be a teaching assistant and a nursery nurse.  I think they’d all be fantastic in these roles.

I feel so lucky that I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since I was six years old and I’ve actually achieved all my ambitions.  I’ve saved up enough so that I don’t really need to work any more – but I couldn’t imagine not writing.

I hope I can carry on and on and on …

Love from Jacqueline

Diary archive

Where were you born?

I was born in Bath, but we moved to Kingston when I was little. I've lived here ever since.

What sort of family do you have?

I don't have any brothers or sisters and my Dad died long ago. My mum lived into her 90s so I hope I’ve inherited her genes! I have one lovely grown up daughter Emma.

What sort of house do you live in?

I live in a four-bedroomed Victorian house. It's not a very grand house, but very comfortable - and there are lots of bookshelves in every room.

Do you have any pets?

I have a beautiful grey and white cat called Jacob and a little black rescue dog called Jackson. I found both of them in Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

When is your birthday?

17th December.

What sort of music do you like?

I like most kinds, and I've always been a big fan of Freddie Mercury and Queen.

What’s your favourite film?

I love a long-ago black and white film called 'Mandy' about a little deaf girl.

What’s your favourite colour?

I often wear black, with lots of silver jewellery.

What was your favourite subject at school?

I loved English, especially writing stories. I also liked Art.

What was your worst subject at school?

Definitely Maths!