In the centenary year of Laurie Lee’s birth, a celebration of his vivid memoir, Cider with Rosie, this year’s Big Read at Cheltenham, by bringing together four Lee devotees;Cerys Matthews and Michael Morpurgo, who introduce the new Vintage Classic anniversary editions, travel writer Chris Stewart and Joanna Trollope, who regularly names this enchanting classic as one of her favourite reads. Click Here
Joanna is delighted to be part of the Plymouth International Book Festival this year. She will talking about her latest novel: Balancing Act. To find out more details, Click here:
Joanna is currently featured in a short video about Books about Town, a fantastic campaign she is supporting on behalf of the National Literacy Trust. Unique BookBenches celebrating a love of reading were on display on the streets of London throughout the summer, and will be sold at public auction on 7 October. In this video Joanna talks about the campaign and forthcoming auction. Money raised will help improve literacy levels in the UK and inspire a love of reading for all. Click here to see the video!
As one of its Trustees, Joanna is delighted to support the National Literacy Trust's ‘Books about Town’ Auction. Launched jointly by the National Literacy Trust and Wild in Art, it brings 50 unique BookBench sculptures to the city, created by local artists and famous names to celebrate London’s literary heritage and reading for enjoyment. On 7 October, the BookBenches will be auctioned at the Southbank Centre to raise valuable funds for the National Literacy Trust to tackle illiteracy in deprived communities across the UK. Those wishing to bid on their favourite BookBench Click here The BookBenches feature stories linked to London and are based on a range of iconic books from treasured children’s stories such as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Peter Pan to classic adult titles including 1984 and The Day of the Triffids. Well-loved literary heroes such as Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Mary Poppins and Hercule Poirot also appear on benches which visitors can discover by following literary trails in Greenwich, City of London, Riverside and Bloomsbury until mid-September.
A whole host of prestigious artists and authors have taken part in Books about Town. Legendary artist Ralph Steadman has recreated his prize-winning illustrations on a Through the Looking Glass BookBench (Steadman won the Francis Williams Book Illustration Prize for Alice in Wonderland in 1972). Axel Scheffler, an ambassador the National Literacy Trust, has painted a BookBench celebrating his work with Julia Donaldson, featuring nine of their characters in a never-seen-before combination!
Children’s authors and National Literacy Trust ambassadors Cressida Cowell and Lauren Child have each designed a BookBench based on their books – How to Train Your Dragon and Clarice Bean. Original illustration by Rae Smith, the Tony and Olivier award-winning stage designer of the National Theatre’s production of War Horse also features on a bespoke War Horse BookBench.
Joanna says:“We’re delighted to be bringing such a high-profile campaign to the streets of London to raise awareness of the importance of literacy skills. You will have the opportunity to take home and treasure a BookBench of your very own and raise crucial funds for the National Literacy Trust to help support their work improving literacy in the UK’s most disadvantaged areas. Books last a lifetime and are to be owned and treasured. Now is your chance to own and sit on your favourite BookBench at home and support the National Literacy Trust "
In conversation with Becca Aitkenhead of The Guardian newpaper, Joanna explains that she thought no one would want her papers but Oxford snapped them up. She is thrilled - as well as hopping mad about this week's announcment of a ban on posting books to prisoners. To read more Click here.
As she publishes her eighteenth novel, did you see Joanna Trollope talking to Mark Lawson about creativity, divorce and the inescapable drama of domestic life. Catch up Here for the next 5 days only
The archive includes 18 contemporary fiction books, two non-fiction publications, 10 historical fiction works, and her short stories. She described the historic library as an "ideal home", adding: "I couldn't be more honoured."
Richard Ovenden, Bodley's librarian, said the donation was an "insight into the craft of an immensely popular writer and flag bearer for fiction".
He added: "Her novels, always handwritten, are meticulously researched and the collection provides an insight into this process. Her act of generosity to the Bodleian will be appreciated by literary and cultural historians and, through displays, the public who enjoy her writing so deeply."