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Best selling author to appear at Dundee Literary Festival

Festival coordinator Peggy Hughes
Festival coordinator Peggy Hughes

Dundee Literary Festival will see special guest Jacqueline Wilson return to the city where her writing career began during her only Scottish date this year in November.

The smash-hit children’s author, who penned favourites including Tracey Beaker and The Illustrated Mum, will host a fan party in the DC Thomson Meadowside building on Saturday November 11.

Ms Wilson has several connections with Dundee, having trained in the city as a journalist in the 1960s, as well as being awarded with an honorary degree from Dundee University.

During the festival, the launch of the biography of Michael Marra will take place with a special meet and greet with the late Bard of Dundee’s friend and author of the book James Roberston.

The festival also coincides with the centenary of Dundee academic D’Arcy Thompson’s seminal work On Growth and Form being released.

A discussion on Thompson’s study, which was written while he was based in the city, will be held by university academic Matthew Jarron.

The Dundee International Book Prize winner will be announced during the festival week, which takes place between October 18 and 22.

Peggy Hughes, programme manager of the Dundee Literary Festival, said: “The programme is jam packed with literary stars, terrific debut voices, and events for families and children, so there is something for everyone.

“This year you can join a pop up choir, make a little book, or try your hand at writing for young adults. You can test your wits in our bookish quiz, or sit back and enjoy the beautiful music of The Bookshop Band.

“On Growth and Form looks inside things and examines their structures and cells. It gives up nature’s secrets.

“This year we decided to take a steer from D’Arcy Thompson. We’re looking inside literary works, at their structures and their forms and secrets too.

“We hope you’ll join us this autumn to make, do, dance and listen. Bring the kids. Come and help us make this our best festival yet.”

Tickets for all of the festival events will be available to purchase from Thursday, with details available on

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