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Afternoon Tea with Jacqueline Wilson

22 September @ 14:30 - 15:15 BST

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Grab a cuppa and find out more about celebrated children’s novelist Jacqueline Wilson.

Jaqueline will be in conversation with Dawn Finch, chair of the SoA Children’s Writers & Illustrators Group Committee. They will discuss her work, creative routine and how authors can reach out and connect to readers.

This event is supported by the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group and will take place online via Zoom Webinar.


  • 2 minutes – Welcome from Dawn Finch, Chair of CWIG Committee
  • 5-15 minutes – Discussion with Jacqueline Wilson about her work and career, and glimpse into her creative routine
  • 10 minutes –Advice for authors on staying creative and connected during the pandemic.
  • Jacqueline will do a short reading from her latest book The Primrose Railway Children 
  • 10-15 minutes – Q&A from audience

Send your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions for Jacqueline Wilson in advance, email tmcdonald@societyofauthors.org with ‘Jaqueline Wilson – Question’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and try to answer as many as we can on the day.

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The line-up

Jaqueline Wilson – Children’s Author

Dame Jacqueline Wilson is one of Britain’s outstanding writers for young readers.  Known for her contemporary stories featuring feisty characters like the enduring Tracy Beaker, she has also used historical settings for many recent books. Over 40 million copies of her books have been sold in the UK and they have been translated into 34 languages.  Jacqueline was the Children’s Laureate from 2005-2007. 

 Twitter: @FansofJWilson |  Instagram: @jaquelinewilsonfanclub

Facebook: @jaquelinewilsonfanclub | Website: www.penguin.co.uk


Dawn Finch – CWIG Committee Chair

Dawn Finch has worked with children’s books and reading for over 30 years. She began her career in public libraries before moving on to children’s and school libraries where she specialised in the development and support of young readers.

Dawn has both written and contributed to dozens of non-fiction books for children, and her books about prehistoric Britain are bestsellers used in most of the primary schools in the country. Dawn also writes fiction for young readers and has written about historical fiction for children and young readers.

She is an active and outspoken campaigner for libraries and literacy and is a Trustee and former President of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)

Dawn lives the north of Scotland, and in her spare time writes poetry and helps to run a community bookshop.

Twitter: @dawnafinch | Website: dawnfinch.wixsite.com | Instagram: @neepydawn

About the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group

The Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group is the largest of all the Society of Authors’ special interest groups with more than 1,300 members. It was founded in the 1960s to address challenges facing writers and illustrators and advocate for better industry standards. It is run by an elected committee of nine authors who lead campaigns, develop resources and organise events. Every Group member can give up to three Reading for Pleasure Awards a year to hard-working and imaginative schools for their promotion of reading for pleasure. Find out more here


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All our Afternoon Teas are free to everyone but, if you can afford it, we recommend a minimum £5 donation to the Authors’ Contingency Fund to help us support authors facing financial hardship during the health crisis. DONATE HERE


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