It's not long until the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature where Joanna will be joining other writers in the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together with authors from across the world to promote education, debate and above all else, love of reading and writing. Click Here for more information and to buy your tickets.
One of the highlights of the National Literacy Trust Gala Dinner next Wednesday 11 February will be a fundraising auction. I have donated a prize of tea at the Wolseley.
All proceeds from the National Literacy Trust auction will go towards our work helping disadvantaged children read and write, supporting schools’ literacy provision and engaging families with their children’s learning. Why don’t you have a bid by Clicking Here?
I was part of the Sieghart review panel into the future of our public libraries which was commissioned by the government. This review was published on 18th December and has been hailed as the last chance to halt the ongoing decline in our library services. I believe some of the important recommendations don't involve spending the trillions the country hasn't got in the first place, and which will improve the lives and futures of a huge proportion of the population. Fast. Click here....to read more in my article in the Telegraph today.
Joanna's latest novel - Balancing Act - is out in paperback today! Click Here for your buying options. Good Housekeeping said: "Nobody writes about family tensions better" and the Observer said: "Sharply observed characters and authentic dialogue."
There's less than a week to go until Freedom from Torture's Immortality Auction on 20 November. Online bidding closes at 12 noon that day, so if you still want to make a bid for immortality and see your name in print as a character in my next novel, don't leave it too late! Click here for further details and to bid.
On Thursday 4th December 2014 at 7.30 pm, the Dorchester Abbey Christmas Concert is in aid of the Oxford Children’s Hospital.
With the choir from Winchester Cathedral and readings from the HRH The Earl of Wessex, Laurence Fox, Sam Waley-Cohen and Joanna, this special evening hopes to raise very necessary funds for the many thousand of children who are treated at Oxford Children's Hospital every year.
Joanna will be the keynote speaker at European Writers' Council 2014 Conference which will be held at the European Parliament in Brussels on Monday, 3 November. The event is being hosted by Mary Honeyball MEP. There will be a number of MEPs and members of the Commission in attendance. Joanna will join an international group of speakers reinforcing the importance of ensuring that writers are given the right legislative environment to enable them to continue writing.