Category Archives: Person

Yesterday I Met My Hero

Not many people get to say that. Not many people have the honour of being in their hero’s presence and not many people get to exchange words with them.

But let me start from the beginning.

As you know from my post yesterday and probably the news that J.K. Rowling had a new book come out and she celebrated it at the Southbank Centre in London with a hoard of 900 fans. She spent the day itself on a plane coming down from Edinburgh and watched Men in Black 3 with her Husband and eldest daughter.

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Happy Casual Vacancy Day

Yes, it’s finally here!

Five years after the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling will be launching a new book.

But it’s not just any book, it’s one that’s so far from Potter that it’s almost unbelievable it’s by the same author.

Over the past few days more details have been revealed. It’s not a fantasy or anything supernatural, it’s not a crime, mystery or thriller novel. In fact it’s hard to say exactly what it is. Rowling herself said that if it was to be summed up in a question it would be ‘what do we do with Krystal?’ yet what we do know is that this is NOT a book for children. Continue reading


The Politicians With Their Debut Album Lies, Debt and Broken Promises

Well, that sounds like a bitter album title, but it’s not meant to be. I was trying to think of a name that they could use and this seemed appropriate.

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The Casual Occupancy

Okay, so on 27 September not only does The Casual Vacancy, by the one and only J.K. Rowling, come out but she’s also doing an event on the evening of the same day.

Rowling will be appearing at the Southbank centre in London at 19.30 during which time she will be reading from The Casual Vacancy, talking with BBC journalist Mark Lawson, taking questions from the audience and then doing a book signing. Continue reading


Happy Birthday J.K Rowling

Author J.K. Rowling reads from Harry Potter an...

Author J.K. Rowling reads from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at the Easter Egg Roll at White House. Screenshot taken from official White House video. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ah, it’s the 31st July, do you know what that means?

It’s one year since the first Magical Quill challenge of Pottermore.

Harry Potter’s 32nd birthday.

But most importantly it is J.K Rowling’s 47th birthday. Today most people think of Harry, he’s pretty much synonymous with this date, but without J.K Rowling he would not exist. So it’s important to remember her too. Continue reading


Which Would You Like to Read?

Right, in about three weeks I’m finishing my final year of university (AHHH SCARY).

But I promised you all my Robert Hardy interview once it has been marked. I should be getting results back on the 16 July (hopefully a very good belated birthday present from the uni) and when I do I will be posting it on here.

But what do you want to see. Do you want the full unedited interview which extends to beyond 4000 words and will most likely come in two parts or the written up profile piece that is hopefully incredibly eloquent and an enormously enjoyable read?


Happy Birthday, Not so Happy Deathday and Happy Album Release Day William Shakespeare

List of titles of works based on Shakespearean...

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 Phew, that was a bit of a mouthful.

Today is St George’s Day, however it is also the anniversary of the birth (and death) of one of the world’s greatest bards; William Shakespeare, adored by literature lovers and abhorred by students everywhere. If his body had had the longevity of his work he’d be 448 today. Continue reading


Tim Burton: Master of the Big Screen

Tim Burton, speaking at ComicCon 2009

Tim Burton, speaking at ComicCon 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You know, I’m not a massive film person, I mean I like to watch them but I couldn’t for the life of me tell you the different techniques directors use and I have only a basic grasp on the types of camera shots. I’m also more a follower of actors and not directors, but there’s one exception (well, two, but Jane Goldman writes screenplays and well, no offence to her but this blog post isn’t about her), and that’s Tim Burton. Continue reading


I Would Just Like to Say Thank You

Well I would just like to say a massive thank you to Becky from Blogs-Of-A-Bookaholic. Not only has she taken the time to spam…I mean contact her blogging friends to help me out with my major project (on that note I would also like to thank Two Bullets Five Zombies and Novel Journeys for answering her call, it’s much appreciated!) but she’s also gone and nominated me for the Candle Lighter Award because I’m one of the best at lighting candles….maybe.   Continue reading


Robert Hardy: A Far Nicer Man than Fudge

At six this evening I picked up the phone and dialled a number. On the other end was Robert Hardy. A clock near wherever he was sitting chimed away every quarter of an hour.

50 minutes later, after a conversation full of C.S Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, his time on the Harry Potter set and an impression of Alfonso Cuaron I was hanging up.   Continue reading