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Dame Jacqueline Wilson Charms at Children's Literature Festival

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Hundreds of children flocked to see star author Dame Jacqueline Wilson at the University of Worcester Beeline Storytelling Festival at the weekend.

Hundreds of children flocked to see star author Dame Jacqueline Wilson at the University of Worcester Beeline Storytelling Festival at the weekend.

Dame Jacqueline Wilson, world-famous author of the beloved Tracey Beaker series, spoke to over 350 children about becoming an author and her passion for reading.

Promoting her latest book Emerald Star, from the hugely popular Hetty Feather series, Dame Jacqueline held a questions and answer session with children and later signed books at The Hive, the new joint University and public library.

Dame Jacqueline is the UK’s most borrowed author of the last ten years. She has spoken out about the important role that children’s libraries play in giving free access to books. Commenting on The Hive, Dame Jacqueline said that: “It was one of the loveliest venues I have ever visited.”

The festival opened on Wednesday 3rd October with multi award-winning author and rising UK star, Liz Pichon. The author of the Brilliant World of Tom Gates series gave a guest talk at The Hive to nearly 100 school children and later an inspirational talk to the University of Worcester’s Illustration Students, where she unveiled the key to her success as not just talent, but “hard work and persistence”.

Talking about opening the magical world of books to children, Liz said: “I think that such fantastic festivals as Beeline play a significant part in activities that will encourage children to read books and most importantly to make them feel the enjoyment of reading and visiting libraries. Teachers and parents are also very important to help children discover the fun in reading books.”

The University of Worcester Beeline Storytelling Festival continues until Saturday 27th October and will see the official opening of the children’s library at The Hive by former children’s laureate Michael Rosen on Wednesday, October 17th. The author of children’s classics such as Going on a Bear Hunt will also perform a storytelling session and book-signing.