We were really excited when Shelley from Waterstone’s rang us to ask whether we could host an event for the world-famous children’s author, Dame Jacqueline Wilson. We worked hard with Shelley in planning the event, and then on the day, Saturday 6th March, Shelley’s team from Waterstone’s, and our team of chair movers, stage setters and meeters-and-greeters sprang into action. Lots of work, but well worth it as an absolutely packed St Andrew’s hung on every word as Jacqueline talked about her new book “Little Darlings”, the things that inspired her and answered lots of questions. The whole day went so well, and Shelley, our teams, and I all agreed that it was a complete success. But don’t just take our word for it, here’s what Dame Jacqueline herself had to say about the event on her own blog at http://www.jacquelinewilson.co.uk/jacqueline-wilson/events/little-darlings-tourblog/

Kettering was one of those events you dream about! It was beautifully organised by Shelley Hill of Waterstone’s. She’d arranged for me to talk in St Andrew’s parish church – and the charismatic vicar there, Nick Wills, was especially hospitable. It’s always such fun to do a talk in a church, especially an attractive Victorian one like St Andrews. There was a limited signing session after my talk. I particularly enjoyed meeting three friends, Amy, Courtney and Amelia, lovely girls who all confided in me they’d loved playing with imaginary friends. I think they’re all destined to be writers. I also loved meeting grown up bookseller Mary who very sweetly told me that she’d been a huge fan since she was a small girl. I love Kettering!

And Kettering loves Jacqueline Wilson!

A great start for the Arts Centre project, and our partnership with Waterstone’s, which proved that we could do it and even exceed the expectations of A-List stars like Dame Jacqueline! A fantastic team effort.