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Jacqueline Wilson worked with Year 7 students from Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School. Together they focused on Degas's 'Combing the Hair'. Jacqueline told the students how she constructs the characters in her books and she asked them to develop personalities for the two people in the painting. Jacqueline also asked them to think about a third person, who could not be seen in the picture, but who could be included in a story. Back at school in their English lessons, the students wrote short stories based on the work they produced in Jacqueline's masterclass.

Image of quote from Jacqueline's story.Click here for Jacqueline's story.
Image of student.Click here for Student Responses.
Image of 'Combing the Hair ('La Coiffure')' by Degas, about 1896.Click here for About the Painting.
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