Author Jacqueline Wilson visits Gosport school

Author Jacqueline Wilson hosts an afternoon tea party to promote her new book at The Bakery in Royal Clarence Yard in Gosport. From left, Coco McElligott-Smeed 9, Theo Snell 9.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151675-4)
Author Jacqueline Wilson hosts an afternoon tea party to promote her new book at The Bakery in Royal Clarence Yard in Gosport. From left, Coco McElligott-Smeed 9, Theo Snell 9.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151675-4)

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HOARDS of fans got to ask questions to their favourite author Jacqueline Wilson as she visited a school to promote her new book.

Bay House School in Gosport was packed out on Saturday with children and teenagers from across the area, all keen to hear what the award-winning author had to say.

Jacqueline has written many books spanning at least three decades, including the Tracy Beaker series, Double Act and Hetty Feather, and she is one of Britain’s best-selling authors.

She was promoting the latest in her Hetty Feather series Little Stars.

Jacqueline said: ‘It was lovely for me to see the children. I could see their smiles and when they found something funny. It was a very positive experience.’

The author was delighted by some of the questions asked, especially by one girl who asked her about dolls after picking up that Jacqueline often writes about the toys in her books.

Jacqueline also spoke about the book she is currently penning about a girl who is a bridesmaid.

The event was the first of its kind organised by the school in conjunction with Hayling Island Bookshop.

School librarian Adele Hawksworth said: ‘We have done a lot of author events at the school over the past couple of years, and worked with the Hayling Island Bookshop, but this is the first time we have invited the community in.

‘It’s been a fantastic community event and the children have really enjoyed it.’

Phoebe Bernice, 11, was at the event with her best friend Ruby Hawksworth, 11, both from Gosport.

Phoebe, who goes to Brune Park Community School, said: ‘My favourite book is Queenie because it’s set in a hospital and the first time I read it, I cried. I liked the talk because she gave very detailed answers.’

Ruby, who goes to Bay House School, said: ‘It was really good. I’ve just read Diamond, her last work, which I really liked as it was really interesting. It’s not similar to any other books.’

Other fans included friends Sienna Rose Evans, nine, and Phoebe Evans, nine, from Gosport, who go to St John’s C of E Primary School.

Phoebe said: ‘I really liked her. My favourite book is Katy, it’s funny.’

After the talk, Jacqueline held a meet-and-greet picnic with a select group of fans at Bay House.