Professor Dame Jacqueline Wilson
Born in Bath, Jacqueline Wilson spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first "novel" when she was nine. She worked as a journalist for DC Thomson in Scotland where Jackie magazine was named after her. She has been writing full-time all her adult life.
Her books for children have sold over 20 million copies in the UK and have been translated into 34 different languages. They have been adapted for television, including The Story of Tracy Beaker on CBBC, Girls in Love on ITV and The Illustrated Mum on Channel 4 (which was awarded an EMMY and two BAFTAs). Stage adaptations have been made of Double Act, Midnight, The Story of Tracy Beaker and Bad Girls.
She has been on countless shortlists and has won many awards, including the Smarties Prize, and the Children's Book Award. The Illustrated Mum won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and was the 1999 Children's Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. It was also shortlisted for the 1999 Whitbread Children's Book Award. The Story of Tracy Beaker won the 2002 Blue Peter People's Choice Award. Jacqueline has also received a ChildLine award in recognition of the way her work gives "unique insight into challenging subjects".
In 2004 she became the most borrowed author from libraries across the UK. From 2005 until 2007 she was the Children's Laureate.