News Review 1.6

Maybe it is just my imagination, but JK Rowling seems to be commanding a lot of ink in the papers these days. Here are just some of the stories I have seen in the last few weeks featuring everybody’s favourite creator of Harry Potter.


From The Guardian

JK Rowling has some inspirational advice for graduating students – or for anyone in this universe, really. Her new book, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination, out on 14 April, is her 2008 commencement speech at Harvard University, published by Little, Brown. Proceeds from sales will be donated to Lumos, a charity for disadvantaged children founded by Rowling, and to a financial aid programme at Harvard.

JK Rowling’s life advice: ten quotes on the lessons of failure


From The Telegraph

They were arguably the most-anticipated children’s books of all time, with legions of young fans desperate to find out how it all ends.

Now, the extraordinary lengths JK Rowling and her publishers went to ensure the secrets of Harry Potter were not spilled have been revealed, in a tale of subterfuge nearly as remarkable as her plots.

A new book, a comprehensive bibliography of Rowling’s works, has shared the inner workings of her team, disclosing how they protected her ideas with a mixture of fake titles, an internet ban and a Sainsbury’s plastic bag.

How JK Rowling kept her Harry Potter secrets from the world (and how The Telegraph helped)


From The Huffington Post

J.K Rowling doesn’t write tweets all that often but when she does they tend to be absolute gems and her latest is no exception.

On Tuesday, the ‘Harry Potter’ author was responding to a fan who said she couldn’t picture Dumbledore the wizard as homosexual.

JK Rowling Responds To Harry Potter Fan Asking Why Dumbledore Is Gay In Incredible Tweet


From The Guardian

JK Rowling has offered hope to aspiring authors everywhere, after revealing that the first literary agent she sent the manuscript of Harry Potter to responded with just a slip of paper rejecting it.

To add insult to injury, the agent also held onto the folder she submitted her work in, Rowling wrote on Twitter, in response to a question from a fan who asked if she would “ever get nervous emailing agents” when she first started out.

JK Rowling says she received ‘loads’ of rejections before Harry Potter successs

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Author: 2Dubya

Like most people one day Wesley will die. Until then though, Wesley spends his days drinking coffee, watching the telly,trying to figure out politics and listening to BBC Radio... and on the days he is at work watching trains under the ground. Away from work he putters around in the kitchen, tends to his fish, watches films and occasionally reads a book, or works in his garden. Wesley is also a keen father to his two little princesses, and a slave to his wife.

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