Firstly, a very happy birthday to Queen Elizabeth II today on what is her official birthday. Traditionally the day is marked with many celebrations, the Trooping of the Colour, and the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Among this year’s honours are several authors, recognised by the Queen for their service in this honour’s list.
J. K Rowling has been made companion of Honour for her services to literature and philanthropy. The title recognises services of National Importance and is limited to 65 individuals at any time. Rowling was once considered richer than the queen according to the Times Rich List, but has now fallen out of the list as she has given so much of her money to charity, making her a worthy candidate for this honour.
The Snowman creator, Raymond Briggs has also been recognised, and given a CBE, as has Faber writer Ronald Blythe, but it’s not only authors who have been recognised in the honours. Virago Press founder Carmen Callil becomes a Dame, and Adrian Turpin, founder of the Wigtown Book Festival has been given an OBE.
Tejinder Kumar Sharma was also made a medallist of the Order of the British Empire for services to Hindi Literature in the honours.
All that changed this week with the news that there’s a brand new full length novel coming from John Green this October, his first for five years! Turtles All the Way Down will be out on October 10th of this year and although there’s not yet a cover reveal, it is available for pre-order now. Read More
Watson played book loving Hermione Granger and has continued to carry the torch for book lovers ever since. Her feminist book club Our Shelf Shelf is turning out to be a global phenomenon, and with her Book Fairies initiative and the Books on the Underground movement, she making quite an impact on book lovers. Read More
The entire block of 120 flats in the building were destroyed, despite the efforts of the heroic fire service.
Survivors have lost their homes, and the deaths of the victims is still rising as bodies are slowly being identified.
Authors for Grenfell Tower is an online auction focussed on raising money for the British Red Cross London Fire Relief Fund, in honour of residents affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
Originally an illustrated book for children about a couple of siblings who get caught up in a magical board game, the adaptations take it so much further and expand the story wonderfully.
The newest Jumanji film is said to be a continuation of the 1995 film version, and many fans of the original book, and its film adaptation, are very excited for its release in December 2017.