Portsmouth Bookfest off to a super start as star author gives talk

SPECIAL GUEST Children's author Jacqueline Wilson signs books at the bookfest at Portsmouth Grammar School, pictured with front Eleanor Richardson, three, and other fans. Pictures: Paul Jacobs (132916-1)
SPECIAL GUEST Children's author Jacqueline Wilson signs books at the bookfest at Portsmouth Grammar School, pictured with front Eleanor Richardson, three, and other fans. Pictures: Paul Jacobs (132916-1)
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STAR children’s author Jacqueline Wilson brought the crowds out at Portmouth’s Bookfest.

The writer behind The Story of Tracy Beaker and newly-released Diamond visited Portsmouth Grammar School over the weekend as part the festival.

SIGNING Jacqueline Wilson with fan Ana Stone. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (132916-2)

SIGNING Jacqueline Wilson with fan Ana Stone. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (132916-2)

She gave a talk inside the theatre about her life as an author and how she gets ideas for her books. Afterwards, the audience asked her questions.

Jacqueline also did a book-signing giving her readers the chance to meet her.

This year was the second time she has been part of Portsmouth Bookfest, which kicked off on Saturday, after being invited by organisers Marie and Colin Telford.

Jacqueline said: ‘I was happy to accept the invite from Marie and Colin.

‘It’s a lovely thing they have set up and the more authors that take part, the more children will start to read books and enjoy them. It’s very important because they see that the name on the book is an actual person and it makes the book more enjoyable.

‘I always enjoy meeting the readers and they always come up with some interesting questions.’

Jacqueline is one of many authors who will be visiting Portsmouth for the festival.

Marie Telford, owner of the Hayling Island Bookshop, said: ‘We were very excited to get Jacqueline on board and she is very supportive of independent bookshops so she was happy to help.

‘I am now just looking forward to the next two weeks.’

For one member of the audience, it was part of her birthday to see Jacqueline.

Ana Stone, 11, from Farlington, said: ‘It was really fun meeting her and she told what inspires her books.

‘I have read quite a few of them and my favourite is Lola Rose.’