Junior Journalist report

In the Bath Children Literature Festival, I have had the opportunity to feel what it’s like being a junior journalist. I interviewed a couple of authors and attended events, and I will tell you a little bit about it.

I had the chance to interview Jacqueline Wilson whom I’m a huge fan. It was real pleasure to meet and interview. I was so excited and felt very bubbly inside. She is a legend, lovely lady and very friendly and made me feel like nothing will happen if I mess up.

We talked about her new projects. She is planning to write a book about a young girl from the Victorian times, aimed at slightly younger readers than Hetty Feather. She is also planning a book about a teen (13 moving to 14 years old) who falls in love for the first time which is just for older readers.

In her latest book, We are the Beaker Girls, she is introducing a new character Jordon. She said it was quite a challenge for her to write We are the Beaker Girls. Jacqueline writes all her stories in bed, because she believes being half asleep, helps giving her books more drama and excitement. What a surprise!

Jacqueline pondered of Tracy Beaker’s name in the shower, she experimented with Tracy Tap, Tracy Soap, Tracy Toilet, until she picked up a plastic beaker, and there you have it, Tracy Beaker!

If you are dreaming of becoming an author, some of Jacqueline’s top tips are read a lot and have a diary to get into the habit of writing every day.

I also interviewed Sam Copeland. He is very funny and friendly. He actually changed the title of the book from just McGuffin to become Charlie Changes into a Chicken before he published it. I found out from him that he is not a chicken whisperer, and he was a cheeky child. If he couldn’t be an author, he’d love to be an astronaut, but he loves being an author beside having a real job.

I also attended the Robin Stevens event, it was lovely and got my attention. As a child, Robin Stevens lived in a college in Oxford. Robin loved to read, her favourite books were mystery novels and crime fiction. She particularly loved Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie’s books. When she was little, she would play with her toys and then write what happened as a story. Also, she often would write about real things such as climate change or a place. At first, her book series was called Wells and Wong’s Mystery and she changed it to Murder Most Unladylike Mystery.

My experience of Bath Children Literature Festival was incredible! Having the opportunity to do this much is phenomenal!

Thank you for reading my report, I hope you decide to take part in the festival the next year.

Lillian Abulrub, aged 9

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