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Founded in 2010 and opened in 2013, The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic at the University of Edinburgh provides out-patient care for patients with Neurodegenerative diseases as well as cutting edge research and clinical trials.
Founded in 2005, Lumos provides help to institutionalized and disadvantaged children in Eastern Europe and works towards putting an end to the outdated social care systems, helping to move children from institutions to family-based care.
Gingerbread, originally known as One Parent Families, has helped single parents and their children since 1918. J.K. Rowling has been an Ambassador of the charity for seven years and in 2007 took the honorary position as President.
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There’s exciting news in regards to both “The Cuckoo’s Calling” and “The Silkworm”.
First, J.K. Rowling’s second murder mystery novel written under pseudonym Robert Galbraith, “The Silkworm” has just received an award! Audible UK has just awarded Robert Glenister, narrator, and Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) its Crimefest Sounds of Crime Best Crime Audiobook for 2014! The author and narrator will share a prize of 1000 pounds. This is the second year Robert Galbraith and Robert Glenister have picked up this award together. Congrats to both Robert G’s! Don’t forget that on June 2nd, “The Silkworm” will be available in paperback form.
Second, Robert/Rowling have surprised fans with a “Cuckoo’s Calling” treat! Between now and May 31st, anyone in the US 18 years of age and over can enter a contest on Robert Galbraith’s official Facebook page for one of five hardcover first editions of “The Cuckoo’s Calling”. These books will each feature a bookplate signed by Galbraith, as well as a validation sticker confirming its authenticity. How exciting is that? Click here to enter!
Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling made a huge announcement today on Twitter. She announced that she had just finished her third Cormoran Strike novel! The mystery of what J.K. Rowling has been working hard at, so hard that it resorted in the painful condition of “Writer’s Back” has now been solved!
After fans asked and asked for the title of the new novel, J.K. Rowling decided to play a little game with her fans on Twitter which, is of course nothing new to her followers! (Remember that anagram a year ago? Oh, how teasing she can be!)
.@jk_rowling Typing title page now. Signed book for first person to correctly identify which band had song of same name.
The band is Blue Öyster Cult who sung “Career of Evil”! The title choice is an A+++! Our minds are spinning like crazy on what possible plot line Strike’s latest mystery could take! As fans celebrate the day, what will Robert and Rowling be doing?
.@bravefawkes 1) have a drink, 2) visit a chiropractor and 3) start writing something else.
In an inscription to Jade Olivia, (the actress who played Draco Malfoy’s wife, Astoria in the “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” epilogue) J.K. Rowling wrote that she believes “The Silkworm”, the second novel in her murder mystery series, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is better than the first book in the series, “The Cuckoo’s Calling”.
The second part of J.K. Rowling’s interview with The Today Show has premiered (see video below).
At the very end of J.K. Rowling’s interview with Matt Lauer on the Today Show (April 13, 2015), he asked her about her upcoming 50th birthday and how she was going to spend it. Her reply:
You’ve got to celebrate every year you’re here in good health. What’s the alternative? The alternative to aging is checking out and I’d still rather be here. I still have children to raise, I still have books to write. So, genuinely, I will have a party for my friends, I will have a great time … I’m looking forward to it.
I’m sure Potterhead’s from around the world will be looking forward to your birthday as well, Jo, and will celebrate it as though Gryffindor had won both the House and Quidditch Cups this year.
We’ve all seen and read J.K. Rowling’s 2008’s Harvard commencement speech. Let’s face it, we’ve had the words of one of the best, if not the best speech J.K. Rowling has ever given etched into our minds. Quotes like “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” are words we often find ourselves reciting in our head like mantras. Eight years after she delivered that magnificent speech, the speech has been bound into a book titled “Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination”. J.K. Rowling’s speech is featured next to colored illustrations by Joel Holland, who has previously worked with J.K. Rowling on the covers of “The Casual Vacancy”, “The Cuckoo’s Calling” and “The Silkworm”. Each illustration is in black, white, red, and some gray. The strong colors echo the importance of the words along side them. Featured illustrations are birds flying free from their cage, a ladder going upwards, a pencil erasing, the world globe, and a compass. The themes of the illustrations are as powerful as the words printed next to them. You get to feel J.K. Rowling’s speech like never before! “Very Good Lives” brings you J.K. Rowling’s incredibly inspiring speech in a completely new way. Reading as you look at Joel Holland’s wonderfully executed illustrations puts a new spin to J.K. Rowling’s 2008’s Harvard commencement. Even though most of you already know the speech by heart, there is something to be said about a new take on the things we love. We weren’t sure if “Very Good Lives” was going to be a disappointment or not since all that was new was the illustrations and the speech in the form of a book but we were proven wrong!
On top of that, the book’s ENTIRE proceeds goes directly to charity! 90% of sales from “Very Good Lives” will go to J.K. Rowling’s personal charity,Lumos to help end the institutions of children around the world. (They recently opened their US operations.) 10% will go to university-wide financial aid at Harvard University. “Very Good Lives” goes on sale April 14th priced at £6.99/ $12.34 (although it says $15.00 on the dust jacket of the American printing). You can pre-order the book today and also enter in a contest ran by Lumos to win a signed copy. Simply donate donate $10 to Lumos (only open to US, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Canadian residents)!
In honor of J.K. Rowling’s launch of Lumos in the US, a donation sweepstakes has been started. Anyone over the age of 18 living in the United States, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and Canada (minus the Province of Quebec) have the chance to win. A ten dollar donation is all it takes to enter, and the prizes are pretty sweet. You could win a signed copy of Jo’s newest book “Very Good Lives,” a VIP trip for 4 to Universal Orlando Resort to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and even a trip for 2 to Comic-Con in San Diego. For more information and to donate please click here. The sweepstakes ends on May 10, 2015, so enter now!
Don’t Forget: Our review of “Very Good Lives” goes live tomorrow!
On April 9th, 2015, J.K Rowling took to the Empire State Building, a huge New York City landmark (for those of you who don’t know or have been recently Obliviated), to partake in a lighting ceremony. More importantly, however, she launched the USA branch of Lumos, her charity meant to help disadvantaged children stay with their families and out of institutions. Ten years after the launch of Lumos, Queen Rowling herself has stepped into America in hopes that her charity will be one that receives support from the many families who donate to various charities every year.
She also visited NBC’s The Today Show studio for a quick interview. She discussed that “never say never” about returning to the Harry Potter world but that “Harry Potter 8, as in what happened next to Harry, Ron and Hermione – I don’t think that’s going to happen, But even as I answer that I know that someone’s cutting this on YouTube to make it as though I gave you hope.” J.K. Rowling said, knowing all too well how 21st century media works. She “will definitely write for children again” so take comfort in that! She went on to explain her personal charity Lumos, how it & it’s name came to be (shed light on the problem and shed light to children in need) and what her charity’s goal is.
The full video from NBC’s The Today Show will be aired Monday! Make sure you check back!
It was 1994 and J.K. Rowling had just finished Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone when she wrote and illustrated this personalized horoscope for good friend Roger Julian Tosswill. J.K. Rowling is said to have made up personal horoscopes for all her friends. Maybe you could say it was practice for Harry Potter’s Professor Trelawney and the centaur Firenze. From this seven page (not including the cover – there’s that magic number!) horoscope, you can tell how Ms. Rowling has a knack for astrology and humor. We have exclusive pictures of this incredible work of art!
This personalized horoscope written by J.K. Rowling prior to Harry Potter even being published is now up for auction, bidding starting tomorrow 9th April [estimate £10,000-15,000]. Please click here to bid!
Jonny Campbell, director of the adaption of J.K. Rowling’s very first adult novel, “The Casual Vacancy” has given us the honor of an interview. Campbell has an extensive resume which includes directing “Doctor Who”, “In the Flesh”, and “Shameless”. As all of you should already know, “The Casual Vacancy” was recently adapted to the screen with some minor changes as a mini-series. It has already premiered in the UK (on BBC One) and will be premiering in the US on HBO, April 29-30th at 8PM. Whether you’ve already seen the mini-series or just read the book, we have no doubt that you will find this interview extremely fascinating!
1. How much creative control did you have when filming “The Casual Vacancy”?
The role of the director is to be responsible for the storytelling as it moves from script to screen, to visualise and breathe life into it and so you are inevitably at the controls of that creative process – not to be a control ‘freak’ (!) – but to coordinate and steer all the departments from the script and cast to locations, production design, make up and costume to cinematography. Obviously, many thousands of decisions constitute this process and many of those are likewise guided and influenced by comments or suggestions from producer and executive producers along the way.
2. Were there any cast or crew members who were particularly interesting to work with?
I was very lucky to have an exceptionally talented cast and crew to work with on this project. I could write pages on all the crew, but it is always very rewarding collaborating with cinematographer Tony Slater Ling. We have have worked together many times before on for example Shameless, Doctor Who, Eric and Ernie and most recently In The Flesh and we have developed a great partnership and shorthand. Likewise, our production designer Sami Khan (who also designed In The Flesh ) is a very thoughtful and inspiring person to have on the team. It was similarly immensely stimulating and cathartic working with film editor, Tom Hemmings, who sat in a small room with me for the best part of three months. It was our first collaboration and very enjoyable.
The large ensemble cast were wonderfully dedicated and great company on set. I’d wanted to work with Michael Gambon forever and he lived up to his legendary billing. As did Julia McKenzie, who I’d worked with before, but who gave a stunning performance playing against type. Rory Kinnear was incredible to watch on set – I think he’s the most pitch perfect actor I’ve ever seen. Keeley Hawes and I had worked on Spooks and Ashes to Ashes before, but it was wonderful to see her create yet another fantastic character. It was also a particular pleasure to work with Richard Glover, Monica Dolan, Keeley Forsyth, Lolita Chakrabarti and Silas Carson for the first time as they all had important and difficult roles to play and each actor brought a huge amount of detail and subtlety to their performances. Finally, the younger cast were a dream – particularly Brian Vernel (Fats) and Abigail Lawrie, who had never acted on screen before. Lastly, I also thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with the screenwriter, Sarah Phelps. Like JKR she’s a phenomenal storyteller with genuine passion for the characters and a strong narrative voice.
We would like to thank Jonny Campbell for this interview and also for the amazing job he did on bringing “The Casual Vacancy” to life! Viewers in the US can watch this incredible mini-series starting April 29th on HBO!
J.K. Rowling went to the 200th Anniversary of the British Gurkhas at the Hyatt Regency in Kathmandu, Nepal where she was their honorary guest last night. Fans were lined up to catch a glimpse of Jo in a stunning red gown. Major Manoj Mohora of British Gurkha Nepal told news reporters, “We extended an invite and she accepted. It is great to have her here and we hope to see other dignitaries mark the 200 years of Gurkhas fighting in the British Army,”. Photos of Jo rocking in red are below!