JK Rowling

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Poison pens: leading writers call for overhaul of UK’s Society of Authors
Literary world riven by conflict as trade union is accused of inappropriately taking sides in culture war

Vanessa Thorpe Arts & media correspondent

21, Aug, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Society of Authors responds to calls for Joanne Harris to step down as committee chair
The writers’ union has clarified its position on free speech following accusations that the Chocolat author made a ‘sideswipe’ at JK Rowling

Sarah Shaffi and Lucy Knight

17, Aug, 2022 @5:17 PM

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Police investigate threat to JK Rowling over Salman Rushdie tweet
Officers carrying out inquiries after message to author who voiced support for Rushdie following stabbing

Mark Brown

14, Aug, 2022 @12:29 PM

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Quidditch changes name to quadball after JK Rowling’s trans statements
Quidditch, a sport that was created for the fictional world of Harry Potter before spreading to US college campuses, is changing its name to quadball

Guardian sport

20, Jul, 2022 @2:11 PM

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Allison Bailey case is a microcosm of the wider debate about transgender rights
Barrister’s unlawful discrimination case sees levels of engagement rare for an employment tribunal

Haroon Siddique Legal affairs correspondent

19, Jun, 2022 @8:07 PM

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‘There was practically a riot at King’s Cross’: an oral history of Harry Potter at 25
Secrecy, stunts and subterfuge: publishers and collaborators reveal the magic that went into creating a children’s classic 25 years ago

Lisa Allardice

18, Jun, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Murdering the competition: Richard Osman thriller tops UK library loans
Stats from 2020-21 reveal that the Pointless presenter’s The Thursday Murder Club is the biggest hit in UK libraries

Sarah Shaffi

09, Jun, 2022 @1:22 PM

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: is the shorter, one-part play better?
A three-and-a-half-hour version of the show has opened in Australia and the US. While a lot has been cut, there are also new tricks – and tweaks to a crucial relationship

Sian Cain

25, May, 2022 @5:50 AM

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Harry Potter and the missing sketches: JK Rowling’s first drawings of boy wizard
Author’s original drawings for her first Hogwarts novel to appear in print – alongside the return of a mysterious wizard

Vanessa Thorpe

14, May, 2022 @12:59 PM

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Rare proof sheets of first Harry Potter book expected to sell for £20,000
The ‘fascinating insight into what was to become an iconic work’ is the only known surviving copy of its kind and is to be auctioned along with a first edition signed by Rowling

Sarah Shaffi

26, Apr, 2022 @9:29 AM

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Beware! Having an opinion about sex while growing old has now become a crime | Catherine Bennett
Those concerned by The Family Sex Show are apparently ‘older’ or, in modern parlance, ‘irrelevant’

Catherine Bennett

24, Apr, 2022 @7:00 AM

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The God of Small Things to Shuggie Bain: the Queen’s jubilee book list
Expert panel selects 70 books from across the Commonwealth marking the seven decades of her reign

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent

18, Apr, 2022 @12:36 PM

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