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.
The YA Book Prize has been running in the UK and Ireland since 2014, and serves to champion the breadth and brilliance of Young Adult writing. The deadline is a couple of months away yet so authors have time to prepare! Read More
The exhibition is a unique collection of artefacts which portray his amazing life and career, from his first novel The Carpet People which was published in 1971 to his later novels including the Discworld series. Artwork from the Discworld novels including over 40 original illustrations by Paul Kidby adorn the walls and will make any Discworld fan nostalgic for the books.
In the past, the room has served to fulfil many witches and wizards’ greatest needs. Dumbledore once stumbled upon the room with an especially full bladder, to find it full of chamber pots. Whilst it transformed into a broom cupboard for the mischievous Fred and George to hide from Filch. Lest not forget, the room fulfilled the requirements of Dumbledore’s Army, serving as their headquarters and practice area. For you, the room will transform into a shop, stocking everything Harry Potter (basically essentials for every doting fan). Read More