Award-winning children’s writer Jacqueline Wilson is coming to Harrogate next month (Saturday October 19) to talk about her latest book Emerald Star. The final installment of Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather collection of novels, Emerald Star, hits the shelves on September 29.
Set around a feisty Victorian orphan, Hetty Feather, Sapphire Battersea and Emerald Star all follow young Hetty, a baby abandoned by her mother on the steps of a foundling hospital. Faced with difficult challenges and bored with a life of conformity, Hetty sets out on a quest to find her mother – and ultimately where she belongs in life.
Wilson began writing her first novel when she was nine, and has now racked up more than 90 published novels. One of Wilson’s best known creations, Tracy Beaker, has been adapted into CBBC hit The Story of Tracy Beaker, which has so far run for five series.
From the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award forThe Illustrated Mum to the prestigious Smarties Medal for Double Act, Wilson’s career has been filled with accolades, as well as selling millions of books around the world. Recognised as an influential writer for young girls and boys alike,Wilson has gained the prestige of an OBE (2002), was Children’s Laureate from 2005-2007, and in 2008 became a Dame.
Her work has been acknowledged for breaking down social barriers and opening young minds to worries and concerns of the modern day. Jacqueline Wilson is speaking at the Royal Hall on Saturday 13 October at 11am. Tickets are just £5 and are on sale now through the Harrogate Theatre Box Office on 01423 502 116 or can be booked securely online at www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk