Children’s author and Former Foundling Fellow, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, will be awarded the 2015 J M Barrie Award. The award will be presented by Action for Children’s Arts this afternoon at a special ceremony at the BBC Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House.
Given annually, the J M Barrie Award is presented to an arts practitioner whose work, in the view of Action for Children’s Arts, will stand the test of time. Previous recipients have included Quentin Blake, Lynne Reid Banks, Bernard Cribbins, Shirley Hughes, Floella Benjamin, Oliver Postgate & Peter Firmin and Roger McGough.
The much-loved children’s author created the popular character Hetty Feather whilst working with the Museum as a Foundling Fellow in 2008. Since then Jacqueline Wilson has published four more books about Hetty, which continue her adventures into adolescence.
Jacqueline Wilson was Children’s Laureate from 2005-2007 when she spearheaded a campaign to encourage parents and carers to read aloud to children. She was awarded an OBE in 2002 for services to literacy in schools and then was awarded a DBE in 2008. She is currently Chancellor of Roehampton University where she is also visiting professor of Children’s Literature. One of the UK’s favourite children’s author, Wilson has sold over 38 million copies of her books in the UK alone.
We would like to say a huge congratulations to Jacqueline Wilson and look forward to her creations to come!