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#Storytime in Huddersfield

Many, many thanks to everyone who came to Bradford’s #Storytime: you were great, and we all appreciated your warm welcome. Thanks also to Martin from Blackwell’s, who kindly supplied the books, and who organized everything so beautifully.


If you missed it (or if you’d like to come again!), the next #Storytime is at The Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield on March 4th. Tickets are still available: to order one, click here…
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 Gollancz have announced the publication of HONEYCOMB – coming out in Autumn 2017


Gollancz to publish Joanne Harris’s #storytime fairy tales

Gollancz is delighted to have acquired world rights to publish a collection of dark, captivating fairy tales from Whitbread-shortlisted author, Joanne Harris. The multi-million-copy bestselling writer habitually delights her 25, 000 followers on Twitter with serialised short stories shared with the hashtag #storytime. Honeycomb is the first beautifully illustrated volume of Joanne Harris’s captivating and brilliantly imaginative #storytime tales.

Orion Deputy Group Director, Jon Wood, bought the rights from Peter Robinson of Rogers, Coleridge & White Literary Agency.

Joanne Harris writes: “I started writing my #storytime tales four years ago, live on Twitter, as an exercise in different storytelling narratives. Since then, some of them have become songs, a stage show – even a couple of mini-operas – and now I’m delighted to be able to collaborate with Charles Vess – an artist I’ve admired for years – to make them into a book; an illustrated collection of new fairy stories with a dark, traditional feel – for people of all ages.”

Charles Vess adds: “I’ve been reading Joanne’s work since the publication of Chocolat and Blackberry Wine I’m more than excited by the opportunity this project gives me to transform her words into pen and ink marks and washes of colour onto the printed page.”

Jon Wood writes: “I’m incredibly excited about this beautiful new project. The combination of Joanne’s rich fantasy storytelling with Charles Vess’s haunting imagery will make this one of the highlights of 2017 in all genres.”

Honeycombwill be beautifully illustrated throughout, with line drawings and full-colour plate sections by Charles Vess, the award-winning artist who illustrated Stardust by Neil Gaiman and The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Suzanne Clarke.

Honeycombwill be published in hardback and e-book on the 21st September 2017.


We’ll let you have more news about this exciting project as soon as we have some.


HorrorologyHorrorology:The Lexicon of Fear   –  New horror anthology edited by Stephen Jones and illustrated by Clive Barker featuring a new story by Joanne is out on 1st October 2015




Read Joanne’s Horrorology interview with Angela Slatter here


Pre-order your copy of Horrorology: The Lexicon of Fear here!





Doctor Who

“Those people who say that words have no power know nothing of the nature of words. Words, well placed, can end a regime; can turn affection to hatred; can start a religion, or even a war. Words are the shepherds of lies; they lead the best of us to the slaughter.”

(Peaches for Monsieur le Curé)


Doctor Who Time TripsJoanne’s story ‘The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Time Traveller’ out on 5th March 2015 in print form as part of this great collection.

Joanne Harris


Read posts from Joanne:



So here I am, back from holiday, with sand in my shoes and the song of the sea still echoing in my eardrums, to a mountain of correspondence, including some cheery news, of which more later, when the details are ironed out. It’s astonishing how creative doing very little can be – but I’m relieved to be back to work. So many things are happening this month: the Nine Worlds Fantasy Convention ( this week, plus a trip on the Royal Scotsman, plus the première performance of my new pop-up opera, CLOCKWORK, co-written with Lucie Treacher for the Tête-à-Tête opera company, and performed free from Thursday to Sunday all over London – see below for details. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m looking forward to it. If you happen to catch a show, please tell me your thoughts…

Times and locations here:




July 17th, 2014

Thanks, everyone for your kind messages about THE GOSPEL OF LOKI, plus your fanart, fiction and music. I’ve really enjoyed the ride with this book, and I’m looking forward to reading from it again at Nine Worlds next month. Meanwhile, here’s the Bookshop Band, with their Loki-inspired song (we’ll be seeing a lot more of them in the future, I think)…


Also, Zombies, Run! S3 is out at last, including the episode I wrote – any ZR fans out there, I’d love to know what you thought of it.


After a frenzied couple of months, I’m off on my annual holiday away from our friends electric. That means no Twitter, no tumblr, no e-mail – how will I cope?- but also no stress and no mobile phone, although I don’t think I could travel without my laptop. Hopefully I shall return relaxed, re-energized and ready to face the world again – and by then I may have some interesting news. Watch this space, and try not to break the internet while I’m away…



Apologies to everyone who has been waiting for us to announce the winners of the competition.  Pressure of work  has delayed things although the winners have been chosen and were announced on the Norse Mythology Blog a few days ago.  Check

I’m sure you will agree there were some great entries.


Last Friday I opened a new suite at Barnsley Hospital.  Here’s something about the new facility:


I am happy to announce my involvement with Zombies, Run as a guest writer, and the launch of Season 3.