Jacqueline Wilson visits Aberystwyth

25 Jun 2007

The popular children’s author, Jacqueline Wilson, will visit Aberystwyth at the beginning of July as part of the Welsh Books Council's National Children's Books Competition.

The Welsh-language books competition is an annual event which is supported by schools across Wales. The children will present an extract from their chosen book which will be judged this year by Cefin Roberts, Artistic Director of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (the Welsh National Theatre). The children will also discuss another book of their choice with Gareth Jones, Director of Education and Community Services, Ceredigion County Council. Prizes for the competition will be sponsored by Dr Dewi Davies.

Welsh-language children are well-acquainted with Jacqueline Wilson’s books including titles such as Candi-Fflos and Ffrindiau Gorau, which have been adapted into Welsh by Elin Meek (Gomer Press, Llandysul). The event which will be held at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Wednesday, 4 July, will therefore be a great occasion when the children will relish the opportunity to meet Jacqueline Wilson and to listen to her discussing her work. The children will also be able to listen to a number of other authors discussing their work - Elgan Philip Davies, Anwen Francis and Rhian Pierce Jones.

Books such as The Story of Tracy Beaker, The Suitcase Kid and Totally Cool School Diary have captured the imagination of children and have also won numerous awards for Jacqueline Wilson, including the Smarties Book Prize. Until recently, she was Britain's Children's Laureate and she has sold millions of books in Britain alone.

‘We are very pleased that Jacqueline Wilson can join us in Aberystwyth,’ said Menna Lloyd Williams, Head of the Children’s Books Department at the Books Council. ‘It will be a memorable occasion for us all.’

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