Jacqueline Yallop

Jacqueline Yallop


A critically-acclaimed novelist and cultural historian, Jacqueline has always been fascinated by beautiful, historic and quirky things.

Having trained as a curator, she worked on art exhibitions in Manchester and Sheffield, before pursuing a PhD looking at, among other things, the eccentric lives of Victorian collectors.

When it came to finding a story for her debut novel, Kissing Alice, she drew extensively on her knowledge of this world of priceless heirlooms, fakes, forgeries and treasures to create a sweeping tale of the 20th Century, before examining the subject in more detail for her groundbreaking popular history, Magpies, Squirrels and Thieves.

Jacqueline is curious about many subjects from archaeology and politics to the best way to keep pigs. She continues to contribute to exhibitions and is a Director of the Guild of St George, an arts, education and environmental charity established by Victorian artist and critic, John Ruskin. But books have always been her first love, both reading and writing them.

Regularly short-listed for prestigious literary awards, Jacqueline’s novels look at the twentieth century through the eyes of those who lived through some of its most significant events, whether that’s war in Europe or the 1969 moon landings. Meanwhile, the nineteenth century keeps her busy researching and writing acclaimed history books and articles.

She’s a contributor to several broadsheet newspapers and BBC Radio 4; is frequently invited to lecture at literary festivals, and teaches creative writing at the University of Aberystwyth, the Faber Academy and Guardian Masterclasses.

“Yallop is a writer of rare fine judgement and delicacy.” — The Daily Mail

“Yallop’s writing is subtle and nuanced.” — The Sunday Times

“Spellbinding.” — The Independent

“Yallop gets hold of her ideas with attractive energy and enthusiasm.” — The Financial Times

Jacqueline’s latest book is a memoir entitled Big Pig, Little Pig: The Tale of Two Pigs in France (August 2017)

She is available as a guest speaker and reviewer on subjects including collecting and curating; museums; the nineteenth-century, and pig-keeping.

Jacqueline Yallop @jacqyallop

Our November FEATURED STORY is here! Don't miss the beautiful meditation on grief, loneliness and dry stone walls that is 'DRY STONE', by the fantastic @jacqyallop, brilliantly illustrated by Lylet Soliven! https://buff.ly/3Drg4DF

Our December featured story is on the way, but in the meantime, don't miss our brilliant November story, 'Dry Stone', by the marvellous @jacqyallop, with a terrific illustration by Lylet Soliven! https://buff.ly/3Drg4DF

We are hiring: PhD in #MedicalHumanities, 3 years, 30 hours, University of Vienna. Deadline January 7th, 2022. Please spread the word! @SELMAMedHums @NNMHRmed @DurhamImh @MedHumLab @glasgowmedhums @literature_med

Could you be or do you know the ideal new Head of Programmes here at @WritersCentre? We'd love to hear from you if so... Pls RT!


Looking for a shortish, on-the-edge-of-your-seat, urban crime novel that will grip second year undergrads. Preferably dazzling with writerly technique and subverting the whole white male detective thing. Any ideas?

Hi! We are a group of disabled publishing professionals working on creating a network to support all disabled people who work in the industry. We’re in our very early planning stages. You can follow this account for updates, job opportunities, disability in pub news, & more!

The William Morris Society US is excited to announce the launch of a new Undergraduate Student Prize.

Two prizes will be awarded annually: an Essay Prize and an Art Project Prize.

Further details and submission instructions can be found on our website: https://morrissociety.org/2021/12/05/call-for-submissions-undergraduate-student-prize-2022/

The 2022 Bristol Short Story Prize is open for entries! Closing date May 4th 2022: https://www.bristolprize.co.uk/news/2022-bristol-short-story-prize-is-open #writingcompetition #shortstories

Submissions are open today for @PFDAgents Queer Fiction Prize 2022! Click the link to read more about the prize and to submit your work: https://bit.ly/3IbF3wj

🎉 The #NorthernWritersAwards 2022 are now open! 🙌
Open to writers in the North of England, there's £40k worth of awards up for grabs including publication, mentoring & cash prizes. Find a category to suit you, get drafting and submit by 17 February 2022!


If you're Welsh or Wales-based and interested in writing a 10-15 minute piece for theatre, get in touch. No experience necessary. I'm doing a thing.

And retweet, please!

We are now recruiting for our 2022 Traineeship Programme!
We're looking for 3 Trainees to join our team (Collections/Education/Visitor Experience). For more information and to apply, visit our website:
Photograph: Gareth Gardner

Very chuffed to say I'm on this. Looking forward to reading all the great stories.

Got 3euros for my annual payment from Irish PLR today. Hurray. Gonna buy ice cream. Who said writing doesn't pay?

This was a brilliant day with @AliceVernon10 and some inspiring participants. Learnt lots and some very impressive and moving writing. Good Halloween spooks too.

A very nice story about bees that has cheered me up this Sunday morning. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/07/no-one-knew-they-existed-wild-heirs-of-lost-british-honeybee-found-at-blenheim

For those looking to apply for a job in publishing/ want to advance their career but are held back by financial obstacles incl. relocation costs/ deposits/ commuting costs etc. Take a look at this bursary you can apply for 👇 https://twitter.com/_CreativeAccess/status/1453315685858349061

Wellcome Collection is looking for writers from under-represented backgrounds to join our pilot mentoring scheme with Spread the Word. £2k bursary, mentoring, masterclasses and more.@ExploreWellcome @STWevents https://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/projects/wellcome-collection-x-spread-the-word-writing-awards/

With a guest appearance from me. Such a great project.

Are you:

- a creative of Asian heritage?
- Welsh or Wales-based?
- interested in speaking to a producer about your work?

I'd love to connect with you, especially if you've never received funding, or even spoken to a producer, before. DM me!

And if that's not you, please RT!