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Jacqueline Wilson fans invited to free UCLan event

29 July 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

University to host celebratory occasion to mark fan book launch

Fans of the children’s author Jacqueline Wilson are invited to a free special event at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to celebrate the launch of the first ever Jacqueline Wilson Fan Book.

The book, published by the University’s own publishing arm UCLan Publishing, includes stories, artwork, interviews and activities with contributions from the fans who attended the very first Jacqueline Wilson Festival and national competition held at UCLan in 2011.

During the event on Thursday 14 August there will be a live Skype chat with Jacqueline Wilson's illustrator Nick Sharratt and fans are encouraged to come along dressed as their favourite Jacqueline Wilson character.

"It’s a great way to celebrate the launch of this very special, unique book and thank the Jacqueline Wilson fans who themselves enabled us to produce it through their personal contributions."

Head of UCLan Publishing Debbie Williams commented: “We’re planning a big fancy dress party with lots of activities such as cupcake making and loom making and of course the live chat with Nick Sharratt means that people can ask him questions about some of their favourite characters.

“It’s a great way to celebrate the launch of this very special, unique book and thank the Jacqueline Wilson fans who themselves enabled us to produce it through their personal contributions.”

Nick said: “I think the book looks really fantastic. It has a lovely friendly feel and it's brilliant for Jacqueline Wilson fans.”

The event at UCLan’s Media Factory will be held on Thursday 14 August 4.00pm – 6.00pm. It is free to attend but everyone must have a ticket whether parent, child or Tracy Beaker.

To book visit Eventbrite or email UCLan MA Publishing student Roseena Lulat on RLulat@uclan.ac.uk for more information. Tickets are limited so people are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

Jacqueline Wilson is one of the country’s most famous children’s authors and has sold over 35 million books in the UK alone. She is most famous for her Tracy Beaker series which was also televised by the BBC. In 2002 the author was awarded the OBE services to literacy in schools and in 2008 she became Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

To buy the Jacqueline Wilson Fan Book visit Amazon.