Summer celebrations for Wilson's 100th

Summer celebrations for Wilson's 100th

Random House Children’s Publishers (RHCP) is marking the publication of Jacqueline Wilson’s 100th book with a range of activities this summer, including a "storython" with WH Smith.
 
Opal Plumstead, about a 14-year-old factory worker who discovers the suffragette movement just before World War One, will be released in October.
 
To celebrate the launch, Wilson will unveil the cover of Opal Plumstead during a Puffin Virtually Live interactive webcast on 30th June. Audiences will also be taken on a virtual tour of Daydreams and Diaries, an exhibition about Wilson and her work that is currently being hosted at the V&A Museum of Childhood in London, and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Hetty Feather stage show.
 
Also in June, RHCP is partnering with retailer WHSmith for a "summer storython", asking readers to vote for their favourite Wilson title, and the Literally… Coventry Book Festival will present the author with a lifetime inspiration award.
 
In July, RHCP is supporting the National Literary Trust book bench campaign by sponsoring a Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt (Wilson’s illustrator) Book Bench, which will be situated near St Paul’s Cathedral, and in August the Hetty Feather stage show will start its West End run.
 
Throughout the summer Wilson will be appearing at book festivals including the Cheltenham Literary Festival and Wimbledon Book Festival.
 
Annie Eaton, publisher at RHCP, said she is “thrilled” to be publishing Wilson’s 100th novel. “To have touched the lives of so many children with so many fantastic books is an amazing achievement. Opal Plumstead is Jacqueline’s most ambitious novel to date… It’s wonderful that through the activity this summer, so many children will get to hear about it.”